Stabbing suspect killed by Lake County deputy was dealing with health issues

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Thomas Hirko (Photo Credit: Perry Township Police)

PERRY TOWNSHIP, Ohio– The man who was shot and killed by a Lake County Sheriff’s deputy last week was dealing with health issues, his family said in a statement on Monday.

Lorrie Osborne-Hirko, 55, reported being stabbed at her house on River Road Perry Township just after 10 p.m. Thursday. When deputies arrived, they found her husband, 54-year-old Thomas Hirko, with what appeared to be a gun, the sheriff’s office said.

Lake County Sheriff Daniel Dunlap said Thomas Hirko refused to drop the weapon and raised it toward a deputy. That’s when the deputy fired four times.

“The tragic events that transpired on Feb. 4 have left our family without words to adequately describe all the emotions and feelings we have,” Lorrie’s family said in a statement.

Thomas Hirko was shot twice and pronounced dead at the hospital. Dunlap said they later determined the gun was airsoft.

“Tom Hirko was a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to many. It is impossible to truly understand or explain the reasons behind his recent actions. But we believe that Tom’s health issues, and his ongoing battle against cancer, may have impacted his behavior. We have needed time, and continue to try to process what has happened,” the family said.

Lorrie Osborne-Hirko was stabbed in the back and chest, and taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. Her family said she is recovering from her physical and mental wounds.

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