A police officer shot and killed his son at a motel in New York's Adirondack Mountains over the weekend, mistaking the 37-year-old fellow cop for an intruder.
Michael Leach, 59, may face charges after shooting his son, Matthew, early Saturday with his police-issued .45-caliber handgun, The Utica Observer-Dispatch reported.
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The two were spending a long weekend at the Clarks Beach Motel as part of a police motorcycle club, according to UPI.
They shared some beers with other club members Friday night, then the elder Leach went to bed.
At about 12:51 a.m. Saturday, Michael Leach called 911 and told dispatchers he had shot his son thinking he was an intruder. Responding paramedics found a distraight Michael Leach trying to care for his son, who was lying on the floor, ABC News reported.
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Matthew Leach had been shot in the shoulder. Despite being rushed to the closest hospital nearly 55 miles away, he was pronounced dead upon arrival, according to ABC.
Michael Leach is a police officer in Perry, N.Y., but used to work for the Rochester Police Department and in 1975 shot and killed an 18-year-old woman coming at him with a knife in an apartment basement, sparking controversy among the black community, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
ABC News reported he is seeking medical treatment in a "secure facility."
Matthew Leach worked as a security guard for RDG security, according to his obituary.