By , Mount Vernon News
December 29, 2010, 12:49 pm

COLUMBUS — A spokesperson for Grent Medical Center in Columbus has confirmed that Phillip Mascari, 43, Columbus, died on Tuesday at 4:40 p.m.

Mascari was the prime suspect in Monday’s murder of Katherine Russ of St. Louisville.

Authorities found Russ dead in her home Monday evening and put out a description looking for the vehicle Mascari was driving.

He was found early Tuesday morning and shot himself in the head when approached by Licking County Sheriff deputies. No gunfire was exchanged between Mascari and deputies.

According the a news release from the Licking County Sheriff’s Office, Russ died of blunt-force trauma to the head. A gunshot wound was also found but not believed to have been life threatening.

In regards to the release of inacurate information that said Mascari was still alive this morning, Mark Hopkins, director of communications for Ohio Health, said it was a glitch in the flow of information.

“The way information flows is usually dependable,” Hopkins said. “The nurses input their data but all we see is patient condition. At some point, the time of death was not sent down.”

When a patient dies, the hospital must follow procedures to make sure families have been notified before updates are made as to a patient’s condition report.

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