I-Team: Suspect Who Stole Rockland Cruiser Identified As Eric Leach

Sources tell the I-Team the suspect in the deadly police shooting in Quincy has been identified as 36-year-old Eric Michael Leach. WBZ-TV's Cheryl Fiandaca reports.

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- I-Team has learned that the suspect is no stranger to violence. Our chief investigative reporter, Cheryl Fiandaca, has been digging into his history.

CHERYL FIANDACA (VOICEOVER): Sources tell the I-Team the suspect killed in a confrontation with police is 36-year-old Eric Michael Leach. Leach, seen here in this 2012 mugshot, charged with shooting an eight-year-old Brockton girl in the leg. Sources say Leach left the scene of that shooting and was put on Massachusetts Most Wanted website, with several photos showing his extensive tattoos. He was captured by Brockton police weeks later.

The I-Team has learned Leach had addresses in Brockton and in Winthrop and also had a long criminal history that included guns and violence. Sources say Leach was behind the wheel of a Rockland police Cruiser that he stole after allegedly robbing a 7-Eleven at gunpoint earlier this morning, leading police on a chase through several towns and ultimately ending in Quincy, where police say he was able to get access to a patrol rifle in the Cruiser, and after allegedly pointing it at police was shot by a trooper on the State Police Stop Team.

ED DAVIS: It was a very prescribed method here. All police officers are trained in it. I've been in situations where suspects have had guns and made the decision that if the gun came up over the fender of the car, I was going to have to shoot. Nobody wants to do that. You wait until the last possible moment. It's the hardest decision that you have to make in the business.

CHERYL FIANDACA: Late this afternoon, we did reach Leach's family by phone, but they did not wish to comment. Cheryl Fiandaca, WBZ News.