BEVERLY, Mass. (CBS/AP) — Investigators are trying to determine why an off-duty police sergeant shot and wounded an officer from another Massachusetts town before returning to the scene to commit suicide.

A spokeswoman for the Essex District Attorney’s office said on Saturday that the investigation into Friday night shooting remains active.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

Investigators say Beverly Officer Jason Lantych was found shot several times in front of a Starbucks in Beverly.  He was in serious condition Friday night. Officials declined to discuss his condition Saturday, but on Beverly Police Department’s Facebook page, a message said he was “on the road to recovery.”

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports

Officials say Hamilton police Sgt. Ken Nagy shot the 35-year-old Lantych and fled.

Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett said in a statement Saturday that witnesses helped them identify Nagy as the suspect.

The D.A., Beverly Police Chief Mark Ray, Hamilton Police Chief Russell Stevens commended the citizens who rushed to help after the shooting.

“The courage and fast action of those individuals most certainly saved Officer Lantychʼs life last night,” DA Blodgett said.

Lantych, who was shot in his leg and wrist and was bleeding profusely at the scene.

“Without regard to their own safety, several individuals exited the Starbucks and provided medical attention to Officer Lantych immediately after he was shot until the ambulance arrived,” Beverly Police Mark Ray said. “Their actions saved Jasonʼs life and they should be commended for their courage and quick thinking.”

The 43-year-old Nagy returned to the scene later Friday and fatally shot himself in his car as officers approached him.

According to officials, Nagy and Lantych knew each other.  Investigators would not go into any detail about their relationship or any possible motive.

Officials did say that they had learned that the two men had arranged to meet at the Starbucks. The details and reason for that meeting have not yet been made public.

Beverly Police Chief Ray also confirmed that Sgt. Nagyʼs wife Katie was working as a domestic violence advocate with the Beverly Police Department through a grant. It’s unclear whether she had ever had any contact with Lantych.

Sgt. Nagy had been on the Hamilton Police Department for 19 years.

Officer Lantych has been on the Beverly Police Department for 10 years.

Lantych also coaches the Beverly High School varsity boys hockey team.  On Saturday, a message appeared on the team’s website.

“Fans and players of Beverly Hockey, keep Coach (Officer) Jay Lantych of the boys team in your thoughts as he recovers from serious gun injuries suffered Friday night. Our hope is that he recovers quickly,” it read.

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Comments (12)
  1. Don Godwin says:

    and the plot thickens, wife worked at beverly police station. do i smell a future coverup

    1. gramps says:

      Nagy, 44, who lived in Rowley, leaves a wife and two children. Chief Ray confirmed that Sgt. Nagy’s wife, Katie, was an employee of HAWC, Healing Abuse, Working for Change, a local domestic violence agency, and was working as a domestic violence advocate with the Beverly Police Department through a grant.


  2. Leroy Jenkins says:

    A gay lovers quarrel

  3. Buddy says:

    Ask the dead officers wife why? She knows why and I would hope that the da’s office would not sty hush hush on this. It’s yet another case of domestic violence, However and I already said it ASK THE DEAD COPS WIFE.

  4. Stephen says:

    A clinical observer will assert death was the result of this reported act of self-betrayal.

    Though not even Judas hangs on the cross with the Master of Death.

    …So – how can any swordbearer

    Death is not the end that is reached by any form of condemnation promoted through diversive acts of the sword.

  5. sloopjohnB2 says:

    Looks like a triangle that wasn’t going well. Dead man’s wife probably has a lot of the answers. Hope that it is not covered up.

  6. Stev the mechanic says:

    Smells like a cheating spouse to me…….

  7. Klassy Salem says:

    Beverly PD believes that both of those bullets were aimed at the crotch of their officer, and the close proximity of the wounds supports that.

    Draw your own conclusions.

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