Police: Cary homicide suspect committed suicide in Florida
Posted February 15, 2014
Cary, N.C. — Cary police said Saturday that a man wanted in the Friday slaying of 74-year-old Aleksander "Lenny" Wysocki has committed suicide in Florida.
Investigators issued arrest warrants for Eric Paul Engel, 43, of Durham, N.H., late Friday. Authorities tracked him to Florida, where he shot himself in a motel during a standoff with police, according to Cary police.
Authorities say Engel was a former family friend of Wysocki.
“At this point, we feel confident that there is an end to the Wysocki tragedy,” Criminal Investigations Division Capt. Don Hamilton said Saturday in a statement. “As we said earlier, we did not believe this was a random act, and based on evidence we cannot disclose at this point, we are confident Engel is the man who shot Wysocki.”
A LinkedIn page shows Engel was a lecturer at the University of New Hampshire. The university's website said he received his PhD last year.
Authorities responded to 215 Trent Woods Way at about 8:45 a.m. Friday morning. They found Wysocki in the yard of the home, and he was pronounced dead at Duke University medical Center.
In a 911 call released Saturday, a caller told dispatchers that Wysocki had been shot in the head.
Neighbors in Wysocki's neighborhood said Saturday that they were relieved to know a suspect was no longer at large, but there were still many questions surrounding the case.
Friday's homicide is Cary's second of 2014. On Feb. 2, Kevin Leroy Bodden, 54, was charged with killing his 44-year-old brother, Mark Gregory Bodden, inside the apartment they shared with their mother at 2101 Talking Rock Drive.
The last time Cary had multiple murders in one year was 2008 when three women – Vanlata Patel, Nancy Cooper and Maria Teresa Herrara-Diaz – died from domestic violence in separate incidents, officials said Saturday.