A Massachusetts police officer killed over the weekend was shot 10 times with his own gun by a man who’d stolen it after he struck the officer with a rock.
Authorities have charged Emanuel Lopes, 20, with first-degree murder in the killings of Weymouth Police Officer Michael Chesna, 42, and a bystander, Vera Adams, 77.
Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes told reporters that Monday would have marked Chesna’s sixth year with the department.
“He was one of those people that truly sought this job,” Grimes told reporters Sunday. “He was fortunate enough to get it and very much appreciated it.”
A criminal complaint filed in Quincy District Court on Monday alleges that the incident began with Lopes driving erratically down Main Street in Weymouth, 16 miles south of Boston, on Sunday morning. After striking an SUV, Lopes allegedly ditched his BMW sedan and ran toward a nearby neighborhood.
Chesna, who’d been dispatched to the scene, then saw Lopes hurling a rock through the window of a house.
A neighbor told police that after Chesna got out of his car, Lopes struck him in the head with a rock, causing the officer to drop his gun, according to court documents before shooting him severally.
Chesna was pronounced dead at a hospital.