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Cop Files Sought For Former Rochester Officer Charged in Son's Death

Cop Files Sought For Former Rochester Officer Charged in Son's Death

HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) - Prosecutors want to get a look at the personnel records of a former Rochester police officer charged in the fatal shooting of his son in an Adirondack motel last summer.

Published reports say that Herkimer County prosecutors have asked a judge for permission to view 59-year-old Michael Leach's files from his 26-year career with the Rochester Police Department.

Leach was a rookie officer when he fatally shot a teenage girl who reportedly was carrying a knife while fleeing her abusive boyfriend. He was cleared of any wrongdoing and retired as a captain in 2001.

He was a part-time officer with the Perry Police Department in Wyoming County when authorities say he shot his son Matthew inside their Old Forge motel room after mistaking him for an intruder

 

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