Police officer hit with a rock on head, shot and killed with his own gun while arresting suspect
The 20-year-old suspect, Emanuel Lopes, reportedly threw a rock at the officer's head, which made him unconscious. Lopes is set to be arraigned on two counts of murder now.
A police officer from Weymouth Police Department in Massachusetts was shot and killed by his own service weapon by a man who eventually went on to use the same gun to kill an elderly woman inside her own home, according to reports. 42-year-old Michael Chesna was reportedly shot on duty while responding to a call of an erratic driver. Chesna found a crashed BMW and a suspect who was vandalizing a home in Weymouth. The officer drew his service weapon and asked the perpetrator to stop.
The 20-year-old suspect, who was identified as Emanuel Lopes, reportedly threw a rock at the officer's head, which made him unconscious. Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said that Lopes then grabbed the officer's gun and shot him repeatedly in the head and chest, at least 10 times, according to the Associated Press.
The suspect then allegedly ran off with the gun still with him and fired with it three more times, killing an elderly woman who was inside her home. Hearing gunshots, others officers ran to Chesna's aid, hitting Lopes in the leg.
The suspect ran from the officers with Chesna's gun in hand, eventually stopping on Torrey Street. Police say he fired another three rounds into the window of Vera Adams' home. Adams, a 77-year-old longtime resident of the community, was shot in the chest and killed.
Reports state that Lopes was also struck in the leg during a shootout with the police officials and was taken to South Shore Hospital with non-threatening injuries. The suspect is scheduled to be arraigned on double murder charges, according to reports. He is awaiting trial on multiple charges, including possession to distribute a class B substance, resisting arrest and vandalism.
Lopes reportedly also tried to flee from police on October last year when the authorities were attempting to detain him on suspicion of selling cocaine to minors.
Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes described the slain officer as a "great family man [and] a great officer," according to CBS Boston. Chesna was reportedly a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Grimes said: "I would see him in the morning coming in from the street, and he always had a kind word and a good attitude. He was one of those people who truly sought this job, was fortunate enough to get it and very much appreciated it. And we very much appreciated his service to the Weymouth Police Department."
Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin said that the entire state police department will work along with the local teams to bring justice to Chesna and the other victim of the incident. Gilpin offered his "deepest condolences" to the officer's family.
The State Police Colonel, in a statement, said: "The State Police Detective Unit for Norfolk County, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the State Police Ballistics Section, and our State Police Crime Lab will work tirelessly alongside District Attorney Morrissey and the Weymouth Police Department to speak for these two victims by holding the defendant accountable for these horrific crimes."
The state Governor Charlie Baker also released a statement and said that his prayers are with the officer's family.
"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Officer Chesna and an innocent bystander today, and my thoughts and prayers are with their families, loved ones and the Weymouth Police Department after this tragic loss. The Commonwealth is forever grateful for the courageous men and women who risk their lives to serve and protect our communities every single day," Baker said.
Chesna, who left behind a wife and two young children, would have celebrated his sixth anniversary with the police department on July 16.
Lopes is set to be arraigned on two counts of murder, possession of a firearm without a license, destruction of property, and negligent driving of a motor vehicle.