BEVERLY (AP) — Beverly police say friends and family have spoken to an officer who was shot by another officer and that his condition appears to be improving.

Police said on their Facebook page Sunday that friends and family have spoken to Officer Jason Lantych and he appears to be doing OK. The department says he still has a long way to go.

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The 35-year-old Lantych is being treated at Beverly Hospital.

Authorities said Saturday that Hamilton Sgt. Ken Nagy had arranged to meet with Lantych Friday night when the 44-year-old Nagy shot him multiple times, fled and returned to commit suicide.

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The department has not said why they were meeting.

The towns of Beverly and Hamilton are about 5 miles apart in northeastern Massachusetts.

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