Man Shot And Killed By State Trooper In Quincy After Chase

An armed robbery suspect who authorities say stole a police cruiser was shot and killed by police in Quincy on Friday morning, police said.

Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey identified the suspect as Eric Leach, 36, with past addresses in Brockton and Winthrop, late Friday.

The use of deadly force by a Massachusetts State Police trooper is under investigation, Morrissey said at a news conference earlier in the day. The trooper's name was not released.

The string of events that led to the deadly shooting started at about 7 a.m. when authorities say Leach robbed a Rockland convenience store.

At some point as police searched for him, Leach stole a police cruiser and led officers on a pursuit that through a number of communities before ending in Quincy.

Morrissey said Leach initially refused to get out of the car. He was shot at about 11 a.m. after exiting the cruiser with a police rifle and refusing several orders to drop it.

Leach received first aid on the scene and was taken to the hospital, where he died.

The standoff led to the shutdown of several streets and the suspension of both Red Line and commuter rail services located nearby.

This article was originally published on March 26, 2021.


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