Archive for Thursday, June 14, 2001

Eudora man shot, killed in Leavenworth County

June 14, 2001

Leavenworth County officials are continuing to investigate the possibly-homicidal shooting death of a 38-year-old Eudora man.

The man's 61-year-old father-in-law, Charles Leach, was in Leavenworth County jail Wednesday morning, charged with first-degree murder, Det. Sgt. John Schermbeck said.

Michael Roach was shot in the head shortly before 6 p.m. Monday according to Major Dave Zoellner, Leavenworth County undersheriff.

The shooting occurred at Leach's home, 12212 220th St., which is about a half-mile south of Kansas Highway 32 on Leavenworth County Road 1.

"It appears that the shooting occurred out in the field area," Zoellner said.

Roach was flown by LifeStar helicopter to the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., where he died about midnight, Zoellner said. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.

The undersheriff said the investigation is continuing.

"It's being investigated as a possible homicide," he said.

Apparently, Roach went to the Leach residence to pick up some belongings, Zoellner said. An argument ensued, culminating when Roach was shot. One of two men who were moving dirt on the property called authorities.

Schermbeck said Roach lived in Eudora and was unemployed.

Two handguns, a .22-caliber revolver and a 9 mm semiautomatic, were discovered at the scene, Zoellner said.

He said he wasn't certain which gun was used in the shooting.

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