Man killed after pursuit in stolen cruiser has lengthy criminal history

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Documents obtained by 5 Investigates show the 36-year-old who was killed by a state trooper after an armed robbery and pursuit Friday had a lengthy criminal history dating back to at least 2001.5 Investigates has learned the man was Eric Leach, who had ties to Winthrop and Brockton. His identity was confirmed by the Norfolk County District Attorney later Friday evening. Documents show Leach has faced multiple charges for assault, an arrest for theft of a motor vehicle and charges for break-ins. Nearly a decade ago, he was put on the state’s most-wanted list, after Leach fled a shooting incident where a child was wounded. He was captured a couple of weeks later.Documents show the gun accidentally fired, striking an 8-year-old girl in the leg as she played in a second-floor apartment. He pleaded guilty to several charges and spent three years in prison for that incident before being released in August 2018.He was also supposed to be on probation for three more years. Leach was fatally shot in Quincy Friday morning after the culmination of a chase in which a Rockland Police Department vehicle was stolen. Officials said he had gotten a rifle from inside the cruiser and was attempting to exit the vehicle with it when he was fatally shot by a member of a tactical team.

Documents obtained by 5 Investigates show the 36-year-old who was killed by a state trooper after an armed robbery and pursuit Friday had a lengthy criminal history dating back to at least 2001.

5 Investigates has learned the man was Eric Leach, who had ties to Winthrop and Brockton.

His identity was confirmed by the Norfolk County District Attorney later Friday evening.

Documents show Leach has faced multiple charges for assault, an arrest for theft of a motor vehicle and charges for break-ins.

Nearly a decade ago, he was put on the state’s most-wanted list, after Leach fled a shooting incident where a child was wounded. He was captured a couple of weeks later.

Documents show the gun accidentally fired, striking an 8-year-old girl in the leg as she played in a second-floor apartment. He pleaded guilty to several charges and spent three years in prison for that incident before being released in August 2018.

He was also supposed to be on probation for three more years.

Leach was fatally shot in Quincy Friday morning after the culmination of a chase in which a Rockland Police Department vehicle was stolen. Officials said he had gotten a rifle from inside the cruiser and was attempting to exit the vehicle with it when he was fatally shot by a member of a tactical team.

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