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Sun Jul 22, 2012, 06:51 PM

Cop Shoots and Kills Son after Mistaking Him for An Intruder

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By NBC News staff


An off-duty police officer shot and killed his son after mistaking him for an intruder, New York State Police said.

Michael Leach, 59, an officer with the Parry Police Department in Wyoming County in western New York state, was staying at a motel in Old Forge. He called 911 early Saturday to say he just shot someone he thought was an intruder, troopers said, according to The Syracuse Post-Standard.

The victim turned out to be his son, Matthew S. Leach, 37, of Rochester.

Troopers said that the elder Leach used his department-issued .45-caliber Glock handgun in the shooting. He was hospitalized after the shooting for what for what troopers described as a "medical issue."
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Very sad.

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Reply Cop Shoots and Kills Son after Mistaking Him for An Intruder (Original post)
Stuart G Jul 2012 OP
kestrel91316 Jul 2012 #1
yurbud Jul 2012 #8
elleng Jul 2012 #2
LonePirate Jul 2012 #3
russspeakeasy Jul 2012 #7
DrDan Jul 2012 #4
rfranklin Jul 2012 #5
DrDan Jul 2012 #6
scarletwoman Jul 2012 #9

Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jul 22, 2012, 06:58 PM

1. Whoops. But this wouldn't have happened if the son had been armed, too.

 

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #1)

Sun Jul 22, 2012, 08:31 PM

8. if the son had been armed too, it would have been a killing in self-defense

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jul 22, 2012, 06:59 PM

2. Almost didn't read this;

wish I hadn't. He'll probably never recover.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jul 22, 2012, 07:00 PM

3. This doesn't add up to me.

Why would he mistake his son for an intruder? As a law enforcement officer, shouldn't he attempt verbal communication with the target before firing his weapon? Did his son have a key to the motel room or did he try to break into it? What are the odds the son would break into a motel room rented by his father? I'm suspicious here.

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Response to LonePirate (Reply #3)

Sun Jul 22, 2012, 07:35 PM

7. Yeah, something wrong here.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jul 22, 2012, 07:04 PM

4. I truly feel sorry for ths guy - can't imagine what he is going through

having killed his son

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Response to DrDan (Reply #4)

Sun Jul 22, 2012, 07:13 PM

5. You are assuming that it wasn't intentional...

 

As mentioned above, why did he not say, "Who is it? I have a gun and will shoot if you do not identify yourself!"

Was he angry with his son? Was he he high or drunk?

This one smells like week old fisn.

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Response to rfranklin (Reply #5)

Sun Jul 22, 2012, 07:20 PM

6. that's true - I am assuming that - it could certainly be otherwise

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jul 22, 2012, 10:04 PM

9. This is a horrible tragic story, however it does not belong in Good Reads.

Please re-post in General Discussion.

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