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NY cop shoots and kills son in hotel, troopers say
Yahoo News ^ | 7/21/2012 | AP

Posted on 07/22/2012 2:07:24 PM PDT by mikrofon

OLD FORGE, N.Y. (AP) — State troopers say a police officer in New York shot and killed his son, mistaking him for an intruder.

Troopers say Parry Police Department Officer Michael Leach called 911 to report the shooting early Saturday. He was staying at the Clark Beach Motel and shot someone he believed to be an intruder. But the man turned out to be his 37-year-old son, Matthew Leach, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard (http://tinyurl.com/cdqn92c ).

Troopers say Leach used his department-issued .45-caliber Glock handgun in the shooting. He was hospitalized after the shooting.

The investigation is continuing.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: cops; guns; ny; son
From the looks of it, a real tragedy.

Watch for the anti-2nd crowd to seize on this, in the current news climate.

Prayers up for the family...

1 posted on 07/22/2012 2:07:33 PM PDT by mikrofon
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To: mikrofon

Only cops should have guns... Clearly.


2 posted on 07/22/2012 2:08:45 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: mikrofon

Prayers for that family. Its a terrible tragedy.


3 posted on 07/22/2012 2:13:43 PM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: mikrofon

If you are armed, you should tell you family and friends to always call before showing up unexpectedly, especially when you are not at home.


4 posted on 07/22/2012 2:15:24 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: mikrofon
Ten bucks says that the cop will have hanged himself by Christmas.
5 posted on 07/22/2012 2:18:17 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Poor Barack.If He's Reelected,Think Of The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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To: mikrofon

One of the cardinal gun safety rules: Be sure of your target and what is behind it.


6 posted on 07/22/2012 2:18:22 PM PDT by LiveFree99
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To: LiveFree99
"One of the cardinal gun safety rules: Be sure of your target and what is behind it."

Ditto.

7 posted on 07/22/2012 2:21:19 PM PDT by spunkets
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To: Gay State Conservative

Generally, cops put the pipe into their mouth and pull the trigger. It’s ugly, it’s quick and it’s certain.

As for committing suicide, I believe you’re right.


8 posted on 07/22/2012 2:27:17 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: mikrofon

Waaayyyy too few details to even comment.

Other than the fact there are far few details.


9 posted on 07/22/2012 2:30:15 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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To: mikrofon

“Troopers say Leach used his department-issued .45-caliber Glock handgun in the shooting. He was hospitalized after the shooting.”

Odd. Maybe they had to tranquilize him.

Also odd is why he wouldn’t recognize his own son. Did he just shoot through the door ?

Too little info, too many questions.


10 posted on 07/22/2012 2:30:51 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Gator113
As for committing suicide, I believe you’re right.

Or a fatal heart attack might save him the trouble.

11 posted on 07/22/2012 2:31:23 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Poor Barack.If He's Reelected,Think Of The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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To: SeaHawkFan
If you are armed, you should tell you family and friends to always call before showing up unexpectedly, especially when you are not at home.

Your advice is sage but I have some questions:

First, the guy was a cop, his son would already know his dad would be armed.

Second, how would the son show up randomly if not already aware that's where dad was staying?

Third, dad would have had to give the son access to the room for him to enter??

Too many detail missing here.

12 posted on 07/22/2012 2:34:12 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

“If these things can happen even to a COP, then how much MORE dangerous are guns for the average, untrained citizen??”

< /MSM off >


13 posted on 07/22/2012 2:38:00 PM PDT by mikrofon (+ Prayers Up +)
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To: mikrofon

Classic example of how training cops to shoot first and ask questions later is a bad bad bad idea. This whole emphasis on “officer safety” (code words for I’ll drop the trigger if I even slightly feel threatened as going home and get my fat juicy retirement are far more important than any civilians life, besides the thin blue line will have my back if I screw up and off some innocent dude) in cop training today needs to change. But I doubt that it will, too bad for the son.


14 posted on 07/22/2012 2:39:54 PM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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To: mikrofon

Hehe, you ever seen this one: DEA Agent shoots himself in the foot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ain2by4Fums

Worth seeing if you haven’t.


15 posted on 07/22/2012 2:41:05 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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To: trapped_in_LA
I suspect you are closest to the real story here, and this time the consequences were obvious and immediate.
16 posted on 07/22/2012 2:50:01 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: mikrofon

He musta thought it was a dog at the door.....


17 posted on 07/22/2012 3:08:01 PM PDT by Sporke (USS Iowa BB-61)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

That’s hard to believe — either it was quite the convincing act with a blank round, or the guy was very, VERY careless and/or stupid.


18 posted on 07/22/2012 3:20:18 PM PDT by mikrofon (Leadfoot)
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To: mikrofon
“If these things can happen even to a COP, then how much MORE dangerous are guns for the average, untrained citizen??”

Sarcasm tag noted. Maybe we need legislation that cops only be issued rubber bullets. That will solve everything. /s

19 posted on 07/22/2012 3:30:43 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: mikrofon

Michael Leach, of Rochester, was staying at the Clark Beach Motel in Old Forge, Wyoming County.

The 59-year-old and his son were part of a group of police officers who had driven to the area on motorcycles for a long-weekend getaway.

‘It was just a group of guys coming to have a good time,’ motel owner Dan Rivet Jr told uticaod.com.

‘We have very little violence in Old Forge.’

Leach was disturbed by someone coming into his room shortly after midnight.

Believing the disturbance to be an intruder Leach grabbed his police department-issued .45-caliber Glock handgun and opened fire.
After realising his error the 59-year-old called 911 and reported the shooting.

37-year-old Matthew Leach was pronounced dead at St Elizabeth’s Hospital and his father was taken to St Luke’s Hospital for mental support.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2177243/Michael-Leach-Policeman-shoots-kills-son-thought-intruder.html


20 posted on 07/22/2012 3:36:02 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: mikrofon
either it was quite the convincing act with a blank round, or the guy was very, VERY careless and/or stupid.

IIRC, he was treated for a leg wound....I vote yes on careless and or stupid.....unless affirmative action is a choice ;)

21 posted on 07/22/2012 3:41:44 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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To: mikrofon

Maybe his son was serving a “no-knock warrant”.


22 posted on 07/22/2012 4:27:51 PM PDT by Student0165 ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: mikrofon
Watch for the anti-2nd crowd to seize on this, in the current news climate.

I think police should not have guns, when, they face a situation requiring an armed force, they should have to call on armed citizens to handle the response.

23 posted on 07/22/2012 6:44:22 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (6 November, 2012, the day our embarrassment is sent back to Kenya.)
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To: kcvl

“Old Forge, Wyoming County”

Old Forge is in the Adirondacks.

Wyoming County is between Rochester and Buffalo.


24 posted on 07/22/2012 8:00:21 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: mikrofon

Sad. RIP.


25 posted on 07/22/2012 9:48:50 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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