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DA: Shooting was Because of Nagy's 'Perception of a Relationship'

An off-duty Hamilton police sergeant shot a Beverly police officer because of "his perception of a relationship" between the Beverly officer and his wife, investigators announced on Thursday.

Essex County prosecutors said Thursday that Hamilton Police Sg. Ken Nagy shot Beverly Police Officer Jason Lantych "because of his perception of a relationship between Lantych and his wife."

The investigation into the Feb. 24 shooting outside the Starbucks in North Beverly has been concluded and found, besides the shooting, that no other criminal action occurred.

A was included in a five-page letter sent to Chief Russell Stevens and Beverly Police Chief Mark Ray on Thursday. It is attached to this story as a PDF.

- once in the wrist and once in the leg - by Nagy outside the coffee shop just before 6 p.m. on the Friday night back in February. Lantych was seriously injured and Nagy fled.

Later that night, Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett announced that Nagy was wanted and should be considered armed and dangerous. Minutes later, and shot himself to death in his sport utility vehicle.

Bill March 15, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Ahh..the "perception" of a relationship. Very clever Mr. DA. And case closed.
BGY March 15, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Too bad cheaters don't think about the pain they cause everyone around them....two innocent little children just lost their Daddy!!
Jan Tucci March 15, 2012 at 11:30 PM
leaving evidence to be discovered then shutting off phone ...emotional manipulation that we hope isn't taught via grants to assist abuse victims... sad; my heart goes out to the Nagy family...too bad Jason's mom didn't go as an escourt on his other extracurricular pursuits
Ron Powell March 16, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Jan, let me spell it out for you. He hacked into her text messages. There. I spelled it out for you.
MaryAnn Ruta March 16, 2012 at 03:39 PM
jan why don't you grow up and act like adult and get a grip. First off nagy was a law enforcement officer and he broke the law ,that he took an oath to up hold the law not to shoot somebody he was no better than any other crimanal. Don't make him out like a hero . If you don't know jason then keep your comments to yourself he's the victim as well as nags children that he didn't care about his children when he chose to shoot another person.
Big Walt March 16, 2012 at 07:55 PM
So we should think Jason is a hero? We should pity him? If i made the same bad decisions, I would accept responsibility. Its nice. Now they can be together.
George L March 21, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Sounds to me like someone went a little overboard... people find out their other-halfs are cheating everyday (not that I'm condoning it) but it takes a special kind of person to actually shoot someone over it. No one's a hero in this story, no one's a villan. Just some adults making some bad decisions with their firearms. The shooter def had some issues of his own that he decided not to work through.
Linda Richardson August 24, 2012 at 10:24 PM
George L, I agree with you. Don't judge people if you havent walked in their shoes!!!!! If you have then you can form an opinion, otherwise Shut UP!!!!
kerstin locherie October 08, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Police Sergeant Ken Nagy would never accuse nor would he act upon information unless it was certain. This is a cover up by the DA and I am surprised they are allowing this crime to slide. Ken knew about many families who have suffered through adultery and divorce in Hamilton. He new all too well how husbands reacted to cheating on behalf of women attracted to the Badge. Ken Nagy was an honorable man and it's a shame to see the DA drop the ball on a very important case. The Beverly officer should be dismissed and not be allowed to serve on the North Shore. Ken Nagy was one of the best officers on the Hamilton Police force and deserved the honor of an investigation. To provoke him to action of this type raises more questions than what the DA can produce for answers. The DA is a coward and only pursues one course of action " CYA " or Cover Your Butt which is what the DA is doing on a political level. Ken Nagy deserves more than this ? Let's not let this one go ?
kerstin locherie October 08, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Believe me, this happens in Hamilton more than you could ever know. I've seen an auxiliary Essex officer destroy four families. The DA knows this happens more times than not and yet he sits on his hands. Maybe this would not happen if there was some accountability. This isn't just a case of poor perception. There are many people out there that could add to this story. Obviously lips are sealed right now.
Concerned October 08, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Hey Kerstin when did you become the morality police? I guess when you look at colonal law, adultary is a crime but do you really want your DA prosecuting everyone that cheats on their husband or wife? I don't. The only crime that was committed here was attempted murder and a multitude of assault with a deadly weapon and firearms crimes. Those crimes were committed by a deseased man. There is no one to prosecute. The Beverly officer was dealt with by the Chief in Beverly appropriately and that's where it should stay. Is what he did morally wrong? Yes...Absolutely. Is it a crime? NO!
Ron Powell October 08, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Let go, move forward.

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