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Hamilton, Beverly police plan internal investigations of officer’s shooting

Police in both Beverly and Hamilton will conduct internal investigations into the shooting of a Beverly officer by a Hamilton officer at a busy shopping plaza on Friday.

Kenneth Nagy, a police sergeant in Hamilton, shot Jason Lantych twice before fleeing the scene. Nagy, 43, returned a few hours later and killed himself with a gunshot to the head. The district attorney’s office is also investigating the incident and eyeing the relationship between Lantych and Nagy’s widow, who worked together at the Beverly police department and were friends.

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Authorities say the men knew each other and had arranged to meet, but have not divulged a motive for the shooting.

Russell Stevens, the police chief in Hamilton, said today his department’s investigation would begin after Nagy’s funeral Friday.

“We will do our own investigation to be sure there was no violation of our policies and procedures,” he said.

David Costa, an officer in Beverly, said the internal investigation there was standard procedure.

“We review any kind of incident like this involving one of our officers,” Costa said.

Lantych is recovering from gunshot wounds to his wrist and thigh.

Stevens said Nagy, who leaves his wife and two young boys, showed no signs of distress before the shooting.

“There was no sign or any indication that anything was wrong with Kenny,” he said. “He was very professional. He came to work and did his job, and did it well.”

Stevens said Nagy left a suicide note, but declined to describe its contents.

Officers will not play a formal role at Nagy’s funeral, but plan a traditional walk-by at his wake.

“This is a sad time for the Hamilton Police Department,” Stevens said. “We feel for the Lantych family. We feel for the Nagy family. … There will have to be a healing process for us.”

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