This is incredibly sad and disturbing. A man has lost his son and there is no bringing that son back. All because his first response when waking up was to use a firearm against a supposed intruder.
Yet some continue to argue for every adult to keep firearms in their homes for 'protection'. I know the usual answers will provide links to instances where someone did manage to kill the right criminal but how many innocents are killed or injured every year in cases of paranoid reaction by the well-armed? Where is the balance point between children killed by their own families and children saved by a firearm?Officials: Police officer mistakenly kills son at Old Forge motel
OLD FORGE —
It was early Saturday morning when Old Forge Ambulance paramedic Dan Rivet Jr. received an EMS call he thought he’d never get.
Not only was there a reported shooting in the popular Route 28 tourism business district, it was at his business.
“I thought, ‘oh boy, what could this be?’” said Rivet, owner of Clarks Beach Motel. “We have very little violence in Old Forge.”
State police would later say that Michael Leach, 59, of Rochester, who is a police officer in the village of Perry in Wyoming County, was the shooter.
He thought his son Matthew S. Leach, 37, also of Rochester, was an intruder when he shot him around 12:50 a.m. inside the motel room, police said.