BEVERLY — As he lay in a hospital bed hours after being shot twice by another police officer, Jason Lantych confessed that he had a "moment of weakness" with that officer's wife, but then added, "I was never intimate with her."
Lantych's statements, made in a conversation with a fellow Beverly police officer at 1 a.m. after he was shot, shed further light on the relationship between Lantych and Katie Nagy and the motivation behind the Feb. 24 shooting by Hamilton police Sgt. Kenneth Nagy.
The Essex County District Attorney's Office said yesterday that Nagy shot Lantych "because of his perception of a relationship" between Lantych and his wife. Nagy returned to the scene later and killed himself with a gunshot to the head.
Police interviews with Lantych and Katie Nagy in the hours after the shooting reveal that Lantych and Katie Nagy in fact had a relationship. The police reports were obtained by The Salem News from the district attorney's office after a public records request.
When Beverly police Chief Mark Ray and three other Beverly officers visited Lantych at the hospital after he was shot, Lantych asked the others to leave the room so he could speak with Detective Lt. Timothy Hegarty in private.
Still groggy from the medication he had been given at Beverly Hospital, Lantych told Hegarty that he had known Katie Nagy since high school and that she had "poured her heart out to me" in recent conversations.
"I had a moment of weakness," Lantych told Hegarty.
"I tried to tell Jason, who appeared to be falling asleep, to get some rest and not worry about the situation," Hegarty wrote in his report. "He then said, 'I was never intimate with her.'"
According to an unidentified person interviewed by police, Lantych said he had hurt someone, "not physically, but emotionally."