Shooting Investigation Results to be Released When Complete; Suicide Note Found

The Essex County District Attorney said that the complete results of the investigation into Friday's night's shooting of a Beverly police officer by a Hamilton police sergeant will be released when it is complete - including looking into the relationship

The investigation into a shooting of a Beverly police officer by Hamilton police Sgt. Kenneth Nagy will be complete and thorough, Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said on Tuesday.

Blodgett made the comments to reporters at an unrelated event in Newburyport.

“The investigation is very ongoing,” Blodgett said in an interview with WCVB-TV. “It is very much being done professionally.”

Investigators are still waiting on the results of ballistics and scientific tests, he said.

“We are going to do a thorough, complete professional investigation and make our results know when they are done.”

The investigation continues “to ensure that no other criminal activity took place in association with this act,” District Attorney spokesman Carrie Kimball Monahan told Hamilton-Wenham Patch.

Nagy shot Officer Jason Lantych twice - in the leg and the wrist - after the two men agreed to meet at the coffee shop. Nagy fled and returned to the scene about five hours later.  

The investigation will also look into the relationship between Nagy's wife, Katie, and Lantych. Katie Nagy worked for as a domestic violence advocate for Healing Abuse Working for Change under a grant through the Beverly Police Department.

Chief Russell Stevens also said on Tuesday that Nagy left behind a suicide note. Stevens told the Boston Herald that he had read the note but did not say what it said.

Stevens’ comments came after Blodgett’s spokeswoman, Monahan, told Hamilton-Wenham Patch that she could not comment on whether there was a note.

Monahan also said that investigators are looking into where Nagy was between 5:48 p.m. – when the first 911 call came in reporting the shooting – and 10:32 p.m., when he was spotted pulling back into the scene.

Monahan said there’s no estimate for how long it will take to wrap-up the investigation. The investigation, she noted, includes an interview with everyone who was in Starbucks at the time of the shooting.

“It’s a lot of people,” she said.


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