Witnesses: Beverly Police Officer Said Shooter Had ‘Reasons’ To Target Him

BOSTON (CBS) – A spokeswoman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett says the motive in the shooting of a Beverly police officer is not relevant to any criminal prosecution because the gunman is dead.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

Beverly police officer Jason Lantych was shot several times by Hamilton police Sgt. Kenneth Nagy in a Starbucks parking lot Friday after they had agreed to meet there.

Both were off-duty.

Nagy, 44, left the scene, returned later and then shot and killed himself.

WBZ-TV’s Joe Shortsleeve reports

Lantych, 35, is recovering, but Beverly police said he has a long way to go.

Investigators have not said why the men met Friday.

Witnesses told WBZ-TV Monday that moments after the shooting, Lantych said Nagy had “a couple reasons” for shooting him.

Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for Blodgett, told WBZ-TV’s Joe Shortsleeve Monday the motive for the shooting is not relevant to any criminal prosecution because they can’t be sure what Nagy’s state of mind was at the time and they can’t question him or prosecute him.

“The motive for the shooting is of course relevant to the broader investigation by the Massachusetts State Police, the Hamilton and Beverly Police Departments, and this Office. That investigation remains ongoing and includes inquiry into any and all criminal activity surrounding the incident, though none has been revealed apart from the shooting itself,” Monahan later said in a statement Monday afternoon.

Nagy’s wife works with the Beverly Police Department’s domestic violence unit.

  • sloopjohnB2

    Guess what! the district attorney is IRRELEVANT. This is an example of incompetance at its best. One dead, one seriously wounded. No need for an investigation.

  • gramps

    Deval is afraid & won’t release ‘Timmy’s Cell Phone Records’…..&…..now this DA is hiding under the covers because he’s afraid of both PD’s.

    The ‘motive speculation’ will be devastating…..

    Let’s see, possible motive’s:

    Hockey/Little League dads settling an issue….who’s coffee is better DD’s or Starbucks…..Coke or Pepsi….Great Taste/Less Filling….Danish or Donuts….Pizza- Thick or Thin Crust….Boxers or Briefs

    It must be one of those, but which one?


  • Jason Picard

    Ironically the deceased (Sgt for Hamilton PD) cops wife works at the Beverly PD and um…the officer shot was a Beverly cop. Perhaps we need to read between the sheets, I mean, read between the lines.

    • Skip

      I think you hit the nail on the head. Yes, let’s read between the “sheets”.
      And we are not talking about sheets of paper.

    • jaygee

      Unless someone says something different, this is the only explanation I can reach. The shooting certainly wasn’t about the quality of the coffee at Starbucks.


      I so agree with Jason Picard what a shame. they need to just come out and say she was a cheatttter

  • Tom

    It would be totally relevant if they weren’t cops. Boys in blue protecting their own again. Figures.

  • Dave_D

    Guys, you can speculate all you want but what the DA says is true: the motive for the shooting IS irrelevant. If his investigation has revealed the identity of the shooter (the live victim makes a pretty good witness). He, along with other witnesses and circumstances (the apparent suicide of Sgt. Nagy) pretty much make the case of WHO the shooter was. Since the shooter is dead (and can never be charged with a crime), the criminal investigation is pretty much over. Motive doesn’t mean anything when the perp is dead.

    Will there be a civil battery suit against Nagy’s estate (whose heir is probably Mrs Nagy)? Maybe, maybe not. Lantych (for his own reasons) might well not want to pursue anything like it.

    • Harvey

      Sleeping with anothers wife is reason to investigate. If he was sleeping with the officers wife, he got whats coming to him. Now he should be arrested.

      • Mark

        Arrested? For what? Adultery is immoral but not illegal.

  • Brian

    Allegedly the injured cop was having an affair with the deceased’s wife, who works for the Beverly Police Dept. Cop plugged the guy plugging his wife and then felt he had no reason to live and plugged himself.
    Im sure this is embarrassing for the police departments and none of them would like to have to explain why off duty officers are carrying state issued weapons and putting the publics safety in jeopardy either.

    • gramps

      You might have just ‘plugged-up’ any holes in the case…..

      You should run for DA.

      Ya got my vote!


    • BBliss

      Great point. Their firearms are only allowed for “on duty” use. It is also interesting that the news writes the story up to make you think they were on officers on duty. As far as I’m concerned they were just a couple of thug citizens shooting it out.

      • Sue M

        Unless they added it after you wrote this, it does say in the article that both were off duty

  • linda

    Of course it’s relevant. Crimes were committed. There has to be a reason.

    • web

      I was just thinking the exact same thing. A crime was still committed, does not matter is someone died. Who knows, maybe the officer who killed himself shot the other officer in self defense then was remorseful, we wouldn’t know without an investigation. The public should know if the shot officer is a criminal in any way or not. Simple.

  • RJ O'Guillory

    ..that is the biggest bunch of BS I’ve ever heard of…..it sounds much more like a situation of “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain”….or “nothing to see here folks, lets just move along”….

    …one cop shoots another cop who happens to work with the first shooting-cop’s wife at the same PD,…but he was nice enough to come back to the scene and blow his own brains out….


    I think not…..we need SVU, NCIS, or perhaps the department of THISISBS…to investigate? Ha!


    RJ O’Guillory
    Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

    • jaygee

      Nice going RJ! I just love the last department mentioned. This state has many such THISISBS departments and they all have friends and family of elected officials sitting at the desks. I’ll check out that book.

      • RJ O'Guillory


        ….let me know if you enjoy the read…and if you’d like the book signed you can get me at rob_oguillory@yahoo.com

        ..and keep in mind as you read Webster Groves-The life of an Insane Family, we are working on a film deal…so it should be fun on the big-screen!



        RJ O’Guillory
        Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

      • RJ O'Guillory

        ..I’ve just got to disagree with whomever agrees with this DA….I, mean really….” talk about a two tiered justice system? If the police find a pot-seed in my car, they can take the auto apart like a lego-set and impound or confiscate it just on the idea that …”weed may have been smoked in there”…

        ..and they do it all the time,….all around this hypocritical country…..!

        ….yet the DA says that if one of their own blows away a brother-in-blue…who may have had some relationship to the wife-in-blue…or some other degree of corruption that they all shared in….(cocaine fueled sex-parties perhaps?)…but nothing to see here folks….we’ll suck blood from your body by force…to convict you of something..some violation of “law”…but a bit of splattered brother-in-blue is nothing to pay attention to..?

        I hate to (not really) pimp my book, but in my memoir I write about living with corrupt cops, corrupt law enforcement and others in the family who were
        court clerk, dispatchers, etc….and I hate to say it, but even those not corrupt in a direct manner, all of them…and I mean all of them…turned a blind -eye to the corruption around them….

        …so no,..no reason to discover motive in this case…just move along folks…


        RJ O’Guillory
        Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family.

  • Thanks Soldiers

    It does sound like it could be a crime of passion but I wouldn’t say motive is irrelevant. They both could have been involved in some scandal or illegal activity. Maybe the departed got screwed on a drug deal by the other officer and in anger shot the officer then realizing he is going down for not only an attempted murder charge but maybe even more embarrassing and dishonorable. This does need a little scrutiny and pressure to get to the bottom of why an officer would shoot another officer. At the very least to ensure the stress levels of the men in blue are in check and they are getting proper therapy if not. To have one cop shoot another over coffee just doesn’t make sense.

  • The Cop


  • Dr

    That’s says it all, shot me in my thingy remember they are trained with weapons the points he hit were far off target cops are trained that when weapons need to be used you shoot for the mass, that means center chest or head to kill
    They don’t play games, so clearly this was you like to use your thing, well it won’t be of anymore use now
    Then the reality set in so that’s why he offed himself but at least he made a point
    Investigate !!! And make it known to all why the good cop is dead and the perp cop lives

  • Jolie Zindargo

    It most certainly is relevant and the citizens of MA have the right to know why this occurred. The public safety was compromised, one man is dead and one shot.

    Mrs. Nagy used to work for the Essex County DA’s office and their even investigating is a conflict of interest. Blodgett’s office should step aside to the Attorney General’s Office. He has shown himself with the commentary to be incapable of objectivity. In fact it smacks of coverup and he should resign IMO.

  • Tom Morrow

    The sad part is two young children will not know their father.

    The DA does need to publicly answer if 1) both officers discharged their weapons, 2) what drugs if any were in the system of both officers 3) number of shots fired and if any were a threat to public safety of those in Starbucks or the parking lot.

    We also should know if the shot officer Lantych will receive paid work disability or just medical coverage and sick leave to recover. Sounds far fetched, but most law enforcement contracts allow him the former rate of pay as if he was working. Also, for Nagy, there should be no survivor pension benefits beyond money paid in personally. Surprisingly, that is not how most off duty police deaths ruled suicides play out (or pay out in this case).

    I won’t hold my breath here, as

    • Jolie Zindargo

      Absolutely it is sad that the children will never know their father. There are a lot of questions that need answering here. Including why District Attorney Blodgett was so adverse originally to investigating the motive. Mrs. Nagy worked for the Essex County District Attorney’s office which is a conflict of interest. He should not be investigating this case at all it should be deferred to Coakley’s office or the State Police.

  • Have respect

    What if the deceased sargeant had other things going in his life? What if he was a jealous, controlling abuser who only perceived there was an affair? What if the D.A. wants to allow his family to morn, grieve and bury the man before airing all the dirty laundry? Have some respect people. There is a widow and two children who lost their hero. Get off the woman’s case. Would any of you still be interested in this story six days later if the potential of sex wasn’t involved? All you trolls are going to be exposed as the gossip queen losers you are when you learn there was no inappropriate relationship between the wife and wounded officer.

  • Todd P.

    If he was screwing the deceased cop’s wife, he should be FIRED for “conduct unbecoming” and bringing SHAME on the Beverly PD. If there’s any justice, he’ll have some permanent disability w/ no chance for “disability retirement” due to his OWN reprehensible behavior (if found to be true)……

  • God forgives all

    I FEEL SORRY FOR THE KIDS….it’s awful for the kids and the parents,brothers and sisters,nephews and neices of the deceased officer…the surviving officer could be a victim as well…but if he was as some suggest behaving inappropraitely than he has already paid the price…but we don’t know…keep an open mind…he who is without sin cast the first stone….prayers needed now for Nagy and recovering officer’s families…forgiveness is a Christian value…remember that!

    • linda

      People are just too harsh without knowing all the facts. This is a tragedy all around. Don’t judge until you know what’s what.

  • Melissa

    The icing on the cake for this story is that the Hamilton cops wife is pregnant…..hence motive and what triggered the said chain of events!!! This is a fact!

  • http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/03/15/da-beverly-police-officer-was-shot-because-of-perceived-affair/ DA: Beverly Police Officer Was Shot Because Of Perceived Affair « CBS Boston

    […] (CBS) – The shooting of a Beverly police officer last month was the result of a perceived affair, the Essex District Attorney confirmed […]

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