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Police: ‘Armed and dangerous’ suspect in Norwalk shooting caught in Florida

Kareem Leach, 26, has been apprehended by the United States Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Forces in Connecticut and Florida, Norwalk Police say. (Courtesy Norwalk Police)
Kareem Leach, 26, has been apprehended by the United States Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Forces in Connecticut and Florida, Norwalk Police say. (Courtesy Norwalk Police)

NORWALK, Conn. – A suspect in a Sunday evening shooting two weeks ago at a Norwalk elementary school has been apprehended in Florida, Norwalk Police say.

Kareem Leach, 26, was arrested shortly after 1 p.m. Friday in Jacksonville, Fla. by the United States Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force, a police department press release said. Leach was wanted in connection with the Jan. 13 shooting of a man outside Kendall Elementary School, in which one man was shot in the leg during a drug deal gone awry, Lt. Paul Vinett said.

The victim and two friends had gone to the school to meet three other men to buy drugs but the transaction was not completed, Vinett said. One shot was fired, he said.

Police released a photo of Leach on Jan. 21, saying they had an arrest warrant for the “armed and dangerous” suspect.

Leach will face extradition back to Connecticut to face state charges which include robbery in the first degree, assault in the first degree, unlawful discharge of a firearm and conspiracy, the release said.

“We are very appreciative of the efforts of the United States Marshals Service who utilized their nationwide resources in assisting us in tracking down this fugitive who had fled the Connecticut area shortly after the incident”, said Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik said in the release.

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