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DA: Nagy and Lantych Arranged to Meet at North Beverly Starbucks Before Shooting

More details were released on Saturday afternoon about Friday night's shooting of a Beverly police officer, allegedly by Hamilton Police Sgt. Kenneth Nagy.

Hamilton Police Sgt. Kenneth Nagy and Beverly Police Officer Jason Lantych arranged to meet at the Starbucks in North Beverly Friday night before Nagy allegedly shot Lantych in the leg and wrist, seriously injuring him.

That’s according to a Saturday afternoon announcement by Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett into of the 5:48 p.m. shooting.

“Information as to the nature or purpose of the meeting has not been confirmed,” Blodgett said in a statement released at about 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Nagy, who fled the scene after the shooting, returned to the rear parking lot behind the Starbucks about five hours after the shooting and . An autopsy conducted on Saturday morning determined it was a suicide, Blodgett said.

On Friday night, Blodgett said that Nagy and Lantych knew each other. Some witnesses said that Lantych identified the shooter immediately afterward. On Saturday, in the statement from the DA, Beverly Police Chief Mark Ray said that Katie Nagy, Sgt. Ken Nagy’s wife, worked for HAWC (Healing Abuse, Working for Change) as a domestic violence advocate with the Beverly Police Department.

Nagy, 43, who was a 19-year veteran of the , leaves behind his wife and two young children under the age of 10. He was promoted from patrolman to sergeant last July.

“He was a great police officer, a good investigator and well-liked by the community,” Hamilton Police Chief Russell Stevens said in the DA’s prepared statement. “He will be greatly missed.”

Lantych, 35, is "on the road to recovery," according to a Facebook post on the Beverly Police page on Saturday afternoon.

Lantych, who was formerly the department’s school resource officer, has been on the Beverly Police Department for 10 years.

“He was well liked by the kids as well as the faculty and staff in the schools,” Ray said.

Some students, who heard about the shooting and came by the scene on Friday night, said they knew of Lantych, who they said many students called “Officer Jay.”

Ray credited the action of some witnesses to Friday night’s shooting for quickly rushing to Lantych’s aid.

“Their actions saved Jasonʼs life and they should be commended for their courage and quick thinking,” Ray said.

The case remains under investigation, according to Blodgett’s office, and is being lead by State Police detectives assigned to his office along with assistance of the Beverly and Hamilton police departments.

chris a February 28, 2012 at 03:43 AM
yeah what happened at the selectmans meeting I'm curious ,were the media there ,they should have been
Gary February 28, 2012 at 04:26 AM
It's always broadcasted on the Hamilton wenham channel. It's nice so those who can not attend can see the meetings.
Jay Burnham February 28, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Wow...quite a debate taking place here in the comments section! I'm not taking a side in this debate other than to agree with Jim Christian's point about the issue of using one's real...and FULL...name. Some pretty coarse statements have been made here by people who can not be held accountable for those statements because they hide behind a wall of anonymity. That is cowardly, IMHO. Here is a blog dedicated to that cowardly demeanor for you to review: http://northshoreliving.blogspot.com/2010/05/anonymity-breeds-anomosity.html Along with using your FULL NAME...why don't you fill out your profile as well so that readers can judge the credibility of your remarks and any possible agenda you may have? Just a thought.
Michelle Bailey February 28, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Yes, our local media was there! The editor from the Patch, Bobby Gates, and Salem News Staff Writer, Bethany Bray, were both there and clearly visible during the entire meeting. Feel free to view the meeting at your leisure at HWCam.org by clicking on Govt. Acc 10 & 36. BTW, Selectmam Hubbard had a very moving statement regarding the communities support for the Nagy children.
Bill February 28, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Here is an interesting fact from today's Salem News According to her profile on the website LinkedIn, Katie Nagy also worked as a victim witness advocate for the Essex County district attorney's office from 2001 to 2004. Maybe that is why the DAs first move to was shove this under the rug until public pressure made them "restate" their position. The plot thickens...
Bertie B February 28, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Does anyone know how Jim Christian feels about all this? If only we could hear from him somehow.
Ron Powell February 28, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Yes, he always had powerful insight such as there was a struggle for the gun that no witnesses noticed and which did not involve any noise or shouting prior to the shooting, along with his timely reminders that we mustn't fabricate stories.
Bill February 28, 2012 at 03:41 PM
He also assured us that no investigation was needed because according to him - no gambling or drugs were involved. No idea how he knows this other than some magical power we don't know about. Or maybe he spends his day listening to the police scanner ready to step in when someone dares question his beloved department.
Jim Christian defends Hamilton as a community, reproaches citizens for having a public forum debate. He must work at Quinn Bros. because that is wicked iron-y.
Today I Looked Up the Word Prurient Four Times February 28, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Amen, Jim. This is all SO prurient. It's the most prurient situation to ever pique our personal interests beyond their pure intents.
Bertie B February 28, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Jon, you going to take that from Jim Christian?
J Christian February 29, 2012 at 05:26 AM
You can't handle the truth. J Christian
Mike Peyton February 29, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Jim Christian----WHERE ARE YOU NOW??---HIDING UNDER THE DA'S DESK??
Jim Christian February 29, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Wow! Celebrity status! Bertie B. is following me around from garbage to, well, garbage. I think we know all we need to know at this point. Those that want to hang a Scarlet A on the various participants, feel free. The shooter is deceased, the victim is not eligible for prosecution and that's it. Ready between the lines. But the folks that want to investigate further are being indulged by Mr. Blodgett. Those voyeurs and perverts that have some sensational need to bring out all the dirt will get their pound of flesh, but it doesn't change anything. In the end, the shooter is dead and there's no other crime to report on. The details on how it got to this point, irrelevant except to the cop haters (err, those who want due process played out, all in the civic interest of course) that will then bludgeon their local police department. Hey, have at it. The police left behind in all this weren't in a position to stop it, period. They didn't know this was brewing. And interrogating them to see if they DID know shenanigans were going on is pointless. We all know someone that's up to no good in that department. What to do with the information? Nothing. Any notion of instilling honesty would bring you to no good end. That it came to Friday's horror wasn't on anyone's radar, not that the haters care.
Jim Christian February 29, 2012 at 08:17 PM
No one saw the shooting Bill. They heard the report of the rounds going off. If you knew a thing about defensive handgun tactics you'd know that a trained combat handgunner such as Officer J would have grabbed the barrel of the Sgt's gun and redirected fire anywhere but to him. The Sgt didn't go there to shoot him in the leg and wrist. There was a struggle for the gun. The wounds disclosed were a result of the struggle. I'd love to see the Eastern Bank security footage. Funny, we haven't gotten that yet. But Bill, we know where you are on all this--the cop-hate side.
Jim Christian February 29, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Here I am!
Dick Dunn February 29, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Jim certainly has a lot of free time.
Ron Powell February 29, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Give it up Jim. There was no struggle for the gun. There were no sounds of struggle, and the only sounds witnesses heard were two shots followed by a man screaming. It was a surprise attack. And even if there had been a struggle for the gun, Nagy won as he left the crime scene with the gun in his hands. Nagy hit his intended target.
Jim Christian March 01, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Naw, I was busy today. Hey, Dickie, if you wanna beat up Hamilton, the police departments in Beverly and Hamilton, if you want to hang the Scarlet A on the various players in this deal, have a ball. But nothing is gained. Mr. Blodgett was correct in the first sense before the public opinion coercion. From a strictly legal standpoint, his shooter is deceased, Mr. Blodgett has no defendant to prosecute, the motivations behind this horror aren't his jurisdiction. So now he has to look into and publicize what everyone already knows. When he releases all that in an official venue, the press and through his office, that won't be good enough for the Salem Witch crowd. At that point, they'll want to know who knew there was an affair going on. When he releases THAT, the Salem Witch crowd will want to know what motels and positions the players had their fun in and brand of condoms were involved. For the DA and the folks left behind, it's zero-sum. The Salem Witch Hunt will never be happy because at root and heart, that crowd hates cops and the authorities. I saw it in Beverly with the cop-car crash, I saw it with the EMT tempest and this deal here trumps everything that came before. I didn't fall off the turnip truck yesterday, I've seen these folks in action for ten years up here. There is no satisfying these vultures. But don't BS me, I know the motivation. We all do.
Bill March 01, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Jim - quit now, you are making yourself look silly. I can't believe you actually wrote this: "If you knew a thing about defensive handgun tactics you'd know that a trained combat handgunner such as Officer J would have grabbed the barrel of the Sgt's gun and redirected fire anywhere but to him. The Sgt didn't go there to shoot him in the leg and wrist. There was a struggle for the gun. The wounds disclosed were a result of the struggle" You have been watching too many movies or drinking too much blue kool-aid. It is amazing how you make claims like this and the other "facts" you have no way of knowing. Unless you are being fed inside information by the Hamilton Chief and the DA himself. Is that the case? If not, then you should stop spreading lies and bull and wait for the DA's report to come out. The motivation is truth and accountability from elected officials and sworn police officers. You seem to be the only one obsessed with the possible sexual angle. Frankly, I don't care about that aspect, and there is no proof that it is even true. What if that was not the motive? I would like to know why there was a shootout in my town in a crowded shopping area at 5:45 pm. Could this have been avoided, and what are the chances of it happening again. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.
Don March 01, 2012 at 05:51 PM
All the corruption. We have state police drinking and thinking they are above the law. A State Police officer shakes down a bookie, like he is a wise guy now. Now we have cops fooling around with other's wives, shooting each other in the nuts. This is great. Makes you wonder what the next step is.
Jim Christian March 01, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I'm not looking silly. You cop-haters spew, I answer back. No one knows what happened, there were no witnesses to the actual event. But I know what I'd do if someone showed a gun. I'd wrestle back. Unless you're an idiot, so would you. What you folks know about defensive handgunning and reactions in a situation like what took place Friday wouldn't fill a thimble. Tell you what. Go to Thunder Ranch and spend 4 weeks. Study under Massad Ayoob for a few weeks, he's a recognized and acclaimed and highly regarded defensive handgun expert. Every L.E. organization in this country follows his philosophy in training and self defense in one way or another. We don't have the entire story yet, Junior, so your opinion is no better than mine. When it all comes out in the wash, it's going to turn out that Officer J fought over the weapon. Bill, you know Jack about what happened. Someone that has a clue, you dispute because it doesn't fit your fantasy of a deliberate crotch-shot. Some of you folks are such complete know-nothings in this department you couldn't begin to comprehend these circumstances. Pathetic. Your goal is to trash the Police Departments concerned, nothing more. But at least don't B/S yourself that your civic duty is offended. But you don't have a clue. You just want to tear down those left behind. Junior.
Jim Christian March 01, 2012 at 07:33 PM
No greater corruption than in the civilian venue, Don. Less, I'd bet. Let me guess, you think only cops have affairs? Only cops drink too much? I'd bet any form of illegal/immoral behavior you'd care to name is committed by cops at 1/10th the rate of the population at-large. We only hear about it when it's a police officer. Rarely when it's a civilian. Don't despair too much over our police forces.
Bill March 01, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Junior! Thunder Ranch! Look at you Mr. Tough Guy - snatching guns out of people's hands like Chuck Norris. Please go back and show me specifically where I show "my hate for cops" I have much respect for them and all public safety officials, but I don't believe they are above the law. Tell me more about your training, at the edge of my seat. Any secret Mossad training? Can you do the five finger hand to the heart thing like at the end of Kill Bill? Are you the Most Interesting Man in the World? Stay crazy my friend.
Bill March 01, 2012 at 08:30 PM
By the way, you are correct - I don't know jack about what happened an neither do you. I am waiting for a full accounting from the DA while you spin crazy stories and scenarios. My main concern was when it looked like the DA was going to sweep under the run. There was an outcry and now an investigation is in full swing, which is the right thing to do. I will hold my judgement until we see a report.
Bill March 01, 2012 at 08:32 PM
He has been at Thunder Ranch learning hand to hand combat for the tough streets of Hamilton.
Bertie B March 01, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I like this "Bill" guy.
Jim Christian March 02, 2012 at 12:20 AM
You would, Bertie. You're a little frantic, Bill. Calm down. You don't have a clue. Talk about silly..
Bill March 02, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I am many things, but Frantic is not one of them.... Thanks Bertie - same to you
Robert Henderson March 03, 2012 at 05:57 PM
As an out-of-towner with families in both towns I think you all are missing a few things. This was a very public incident that should be investigated by an independent agency to determine, was the incident handled properly by public agencies, why didn't the individuals superiors step in to resolve the situation before it got out of hand, why wasn't an intermediary brought in for the meeting, are similar situations presently going on in both departments, what other flaws are in both departments. As citizens you have a right to insure all is right within your town departments and now is time to clean house. Remember hundreds of famlies are in similar situations every day and they are not resolved in such a violent manner.

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