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Polk County Enterprise - Local News
Stories Added - June 2009
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Marshal shoots fleeing suspect Monday
Polk County Enterprise - June 2009

LIVINGSTON — Rayford Elton Leach, 56, was shot while attempting to fl ee from deputy U.S. Marshals who had a warrant for his arrest at about 4:30 p.m. Monday. The marshals found him heading north on the Loop 59 access road and attempted to stop him. He fl ed and was forced to stop when several other vehicles were waiting at the traffi c signal at Church Street. Hemmed in, Leach rammed the police vehicle behind him then moved forward and hit two more vehicles, said Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Lisa Block. One of those vehicles was a Polk County Sheriff’s Offi ce vehicle driven by Capt. Rickie Childers, the other a private citizen. When Leach moved forward the marshal fi red at him and tried to get out of the way of the moving vehicle. He suffered “non-serious” injuries and was taken to Memorial Medical Center-Livingston.

Leach was fl own to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston by helicopter. His condition is unavailable. Law enforcement officials indicated Leach is expected to recover from the wound. State and federal investigators gathered evidence at the scene until shortly after 9 p.m. Monday. Leach had apparently just moved to the Livingston area Friday. Texas Ranger Pete Maskunas of Lukin is leading the investigation. Leach’s criminal history includes a prison escape in the 1980s. He was returned after carjacking a family in Baytown. He was serving a life sentence for aggravated robbery for a November 1984 car theft during which he held a Louisiana family at gunpoint while they were stopped at a roadside park in Baytown. Prosecutors in that incident said Leach stole an welding truck in Beaumont and the owners pursued him with their own .38-caliber revolvers. A shootout ensued and Leach was grazed in the leg.


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