A Hamilton police sergeant – wanted in connection with a shooting of another police officer in North Beverly earlier in the evening – was found dead in his own vehicle near the shooting scene on Friday night after taking his own life, according to the Essex County District Attorney.
The shooting happened just before 6 p.m. outside Starbucks and Eastern Bank at 29 Enon St. in North Beverly.
Hamilton police Sgt. Kenneth Nagy allegedly shot Beverly police Officer Jason Lantych. Lantych underwent surgery following the shooting and was listed in serious condition.
A massive search was then launched for Nagy, who was considered armed and dangerous and believed to be driving his 2008 Saab SUV.
At 10:32 p.m., a Beverly police officer spotted Nagy’s SUV pull back into the parking lot behind the strip plaza that houses Starbucks.
"Beverly police who were on the scene saw him and began to cordon off the area," said Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokesman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett. "Sgt. Nagy then took his own life."
Before Nagy was found, Blodgett held a press conference at the Beverly Police Department, outlining a search for Nagy, who at the time was considered armed and dangerous.
“He was off duty at the time,” Blodgett said.
Nagy, 43, of Rowley, was wanted in connection with the shooting of Lantych, Blodgett said. Nagy was wanted on charges of assault with the intent to murder, according to a wanted poster that had been created by the DA's office.
State Police said that they had been checking locations in Hamilton and Wenham, plus in Beverly and in Rowley, where Nagy lives after the shooting.
Blodgett said he would not speculate or guess on the motive and said the investigation was continuing into whether Nagy allegedly used his service weapon or a personally owned gun.
Blodgett said say that “we believe they knew each other,” but offered few other details about the shooting.
Nagy was a 19-year veterans of the . He was promoted from patrolman to sergeant last July.
Investigators said there were few other details that would be released on Friday night. The case remains under investigation, Monahan said.