Cop shoots son dead after mistaking him for intruder

By David Edwards
Monday, July 23, 2012 9:38 EDT
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Village of Perry Officer Michael Leach mistakenly kills own son (WHEC)
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New York State Police are investigating after a local police officer admitted shooting and killing his own son, who he believed to be an intruder.

Village of Perry Officer Michael Leach, 59, was sleeping at around 12:50 a.m. on Saturday morning when he was awakened by someone entering his Old Forge hotel room. Thinking the person was an intruder, Leach fired one shot, killing his 37-year-old son Matthew, according to The Observer-Dispatch.

Michael Leach called 911 and stated that he had shot an intruder.

Matthew Leach was later pronounced dead St. Elizabeth Medical Center. The father was taken to Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare for an unspecified medical issue.

Hotel owner Dan Rivet Jr. told the paper that the father and son were part of a group of officers who traveled to the area on motorcycles for a long weekend.

“It was just a group of guys coming to have a good time,” Rivet said.

While the investigation continued on Monday, police said the shooting was likely a case of mistaken identity. No charges have been filed.

Watch this video from WIVB, broadcast July 23, 2012.

Police investigate tragic shooting: wivb.com

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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