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Co-produced by WBTA Intern Gretel Kauffman 

A Wyoming County Police officer mistakenly shot and killed his son in a motel room in the Adirondacks this weekend.

59-year old Michael Leach and his 37-year old son Matthew were on vacation at Clark’s Beach Motel in Old Forge when Matthew entered the room around 12a.m. Saturday and his father mistook him for an intruder. Michael then shot his son with a pistol and called 9-1-1.

Matthew was taken by ambulance to a medical center in Utica where he was pronounced dead. His father was taken to another hospital for a medical evaluation and released into the custody of police.

Michael Leach has been working part-time for the Perry police department for the last 6-years and is a retired Rochester Police captain. 

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