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Police: Cary murder suspect committed suicide in Florida

Police say a suspect wanted in the killing of a Cary man committed suicide in a Florida hotel late Friday.

Eric Paul Engel, 43, was wanted in the shooting on Friday of Aleksander “Lenny” Wysocki, 74, at his home in western Cary.

Officials said Engel contacted a family member and confessed to the slaying. Police tracked him to the Angler’s Resort in Dunnellon, Fla.

Cary police contacted the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and officers from the county’s SWAT team and the Dunnellon Police Department surrounded his room, the Marion Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Police made contact with Engel and asked him to surrender peacefully, but he stayed inside and committed suicide. A police report did not specify a cause of death.

“At this point, we feel confident that there is an end to the Wysocki tragedy,” Cary Cpt. Don Hamilton, head of the criminal investigations division, said in a news release.

Hamilton said he could not provide details about how police identified and tracked Engel.

Wysocki died Friday at Duke University Medical Center after suffering a gunshot wound at his home at 215 Trent Woods Way in the Park Village subdivision.

Cary police responding to a 911 call found Wysocki in his side yard.

Police canvassed the snow-covered neighborhood most of Friday morning. Officers taped off the street so passers-by could not see a full view of the house, which is less than a mile southwest of Davis Drive elementary and middle schools.

This is the second homicide investigation for Cary police this year.

Police earlier this month arrested Kevin Leroy Bodden, 54, and charged him with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his brother, Mark Gregory Bodden, 44, in their apartment at 2101 Talking Rock Drive.

The last time police investigated multiple murders in one year was in 2008, when three women – Vanlata Patel, Nancy Cooper and Maria Teresa Herrara-Diaz – died in separate domestic violence incidents.