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N.Y. Cop Shoots, Kills 'Intruder' Son

July 23, 2012  | 

An officer with the Parry (N.Y.) Police Department shot and killed his 37-year-old son early Saturday in a hotel, after mistaking him for an intruder, reports the Syracuse Post-Standard.

Michael Leach, 59, called 911 from the Clark Beach Motel in Old Forge to report he had shot an intruder.

Instead, he shot his son, Matthew, with his .45-caliber service weapon.

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Comments (8)

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Rich Gentry @ 7/23/2012 6:20 PM

Sad

Ron Bartlett @ 7/23/2012 6:30 PM

This is a very sad day in that father's life! This is why you must identify your target prior to firing your weapon. This is something that my father drilled into my head and I have drilled it into my sons head. You never ever fire your weapon at an unknown target. My prayers are with this family and may GOD hold them in his arms and comfort them in what has to be one of the worst days in their lives.

Donny @ 7/23/2012 8:28 PM

This is just bizarre. It makes no sense whatsoever. Maybe it was his son in law and he didn't like him? I hope this mess gets sorted out. What an awful tragedy for this officer and his family.

Laura @ 7/23/2012 8:38 PM

Something about this shooting doesn't ring true. I'm sure after the investigation we will know more.

[email protected] @ 7/23/2012 9:38 PM

Laura, I agree. Somthings not right. Lets hope we get a follow up.

Bob @ 7/24/2012 5:15 AM

Very sad incident. Always keep a flashlight with your home protection firearms. NEVER shoot at shadow or shapes. That's one of the 4 basic rules - be certain of your target and what's beyond it.

Bill K. @ 7/24/2012 9:07 AM

It's a sad day, indeed. I would caution others to not speculate without all the information. Other police officers are typically our worst critics! This is a time for brothers and sisters in blue to have compassion for the man who just took the life of his own son, by mistake. Ron, your last statement says it all!

michael @ 7/25/2012 8:50 PM

I agree with Ron and Bill K., we should not speculate. I would not want to be in this officers position for anything. I Pray he knows the Lord, because I can't think of anything worst then this. What an awful incident, something like this can take a person to their lowest and darkest point of their life. May God comfort him and his family in this time of trouble.

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