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Nagy Wrote Suicide Note An Hour Before Shooting, Left Thousands in Cash

Hamilton Police Sgt. Kenneth Nagy said in his suicide note that he planned to shoot Beverly Police Officer Jason Lantych if he met up with him on the evening of Feb. 24.

Hamilton Police Sgt. Kenneth Nagy outlined his plans to shoot Beverly Police Officer Jason Lantych and then take his own life in a suicide note left at his home less than an hour before the Feb. 24 shooting.

That’s according to by Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

The report does not say where Nagy went between the shooting – just before 6 p.m. on Feb. 24 – and at about 10:30 p.m. and killed himself in his sport utility vehicle.

was discovered in Nagy’s Rowley home at about 6:50 p.m. on the night of the shooting after State Police and Rowley police forced their way into the home. Next to it was $3,900 in cash.

“In relevant part, it disclosed that he intended to shoot Lantych if he was able to meet with him that evening, and then kill himself,” Blodgett said in a letter detailing the findings of an investigation into the shooting conducted by State Police assigned to his office. “It also included detailed information on the family's finances, insurance policies, and instructions for his funeral arrangements.

Blodgett said the note from the sergeant will not be released, in line with the “the long-standing practice” of not releasing suicide notes “out of respect for the privacy interests of surviving family members.”

Nagy’s wife, Katie, was safe with the couple’s two children at Katie Nagy’s parents’ home in Hamilton at the time of the shooting and later when the note was located.

“Officers were posted (at Katie Nagy’s parents’ home) to ensure their safety,” Blodgett wrote in his final report.

She told investigators that she didn’t know about her husband’s plans to shoot Lantych and “had not heard from him that afternoon, and did not know his whereabouts.”

A search of Nagy’s home the day after the shooting found a laptop computer that still had an image of his suicide note up on it. A forensic search of the computer found that the note was created at 5 p.m. on Feb. 24, less than an hour .

Carol A Mazzetta March 25, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Regarding the comment about "Zoloft" being possibly resposible for this horrible incident, Sgt. Nagy got the perscription the day before the shooting from what's been reported in the newspaper. It surely wouldn't have taken effect that quickley! Sadly, there are no winners in this sad situation. Nothing to see here folks, move along!
Ron Powell March 25, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Hi, Carol. Thank you for your comment, and it is indeed sad. But the reason I mention Zoloft-induced psychosis is because adverse effects can happen as soon as the drug passes the blood-brain barrier, which is a matter of hours. It absolutely can happen so quickly, and, in fact, the first 72 hours is the most dangerous period after beginning to take Zoloft for the bad things to happen. Here's a Wikipedia entry on sertraline, the chemical whose trademark name is Zoloft: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sertraline As the article states, "Akathisia—that is, 'inner tension, restlessness, and the inability to stay still'—caused by sertraline was observed in 16% of patients in a case series. This and other reports note that akathisia begins soon after the initiation of treatment or a dose increase; often, several hours after taking the medication." One of the studies, Hansen L (October 2001). "A critical review of akathisia, and its possible association with suicidal behavior". Hum Psychopharmacol 16 (7): 495–505. doi:10.1002/hup.325. PMID 12404546. mentions the following: "it is of vital importance to increase awareness amongst staff and patients of the symptoms of this relatively common condition" due to the possible link between Akathisia and suicide. Clearly, Sgt. Nagy was not being governed by rational thought processes in the hours leading to his death, and it should be at least ruled out as a possibility. Such knowledge might help to save lives in the future.
Ron Powell March 26, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Healy et al. "Antidepressants and Violence: Problems at the Interface of Medicine and Law." PLoS Medicine http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.0030372 Read Case 3, which involves akathisia-related violence occurring after a single dose of Zoloft.
Carol A Mazzetta March 26, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Ron, I stand corrected on the effects of Zoloft. Thank you for the education on it's effects. Which brings up the subject of americans being over medicated, go to the schools and see how many are on drugs! It's outrages how many children are diagnosed with ADHD when most of them are just acting like "CHILDREN"!
Old Man April 28, 2012 at 09:09 AM
There is no excuse for any of this. Police officers should be held to a higher standard than the general population. In my experience, most police officers display signs of a sociopath/psychopath. Police cause harm to INNOCENT people every day, but when there is an incident between two cops it makes news? We need to do a better job screening those assigned to protect us for signs of instability and police need to do a better job respecting fellow human beings. Shame on them both and the system that encourages them to believe they are above it all.

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