Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Weymouth shaken after police officer and resident were both shot and killed

Weymouth shaken after police officer and resident were both shot and killed

According to investigators, Lopes crashed a vehicle he was driving and fled the scene on foot at approximately 7:30 a.m. Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney Greg Connor said Chesna discovered Lopes vandalizing a nearby house.

Lopes reportedly crashed the auto he was driving and fled on foot around 7:30 a.m, Norfolk County assistant district attorney Greg Connor told media. After Chesna fell, Lopes allegedly took the police officer's gun and shot him several times in the head and chest.

Officials say an unidentified elderly woman also died after being hit by stray bullets in a nearby home.

Chesna has been remembered by his colleagues as a "great family man and officer". He leaves behind a wife and two young children.

The officer was only one day away from his sixth anniversary of joining the police department.

"He was just a great family man, he was a great officer", Grimes said.

"He always had a kind word and a good attitude".

Other policemen who arrived at the scene managed to disarm Lopes and take him into custody.

Weymouth Police say in October 2017 Lopes sold cocaine to a minor and resisted arrest. She said she ran outside and heard someone yell, "get on the ground", three times.

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'Everyone says: 'It doesn't happen in my neighborhood, " she told the Boston Globe. "It does happen everywhere".

Chesna's body has been removed from the hospital and transported to the state's medical examiner office in Boston, where he will be evaluated. Officers also lined the route Monday when the body was returned to Weymouth.

'This is often a thankless job, ' Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross said. "I'm looking out my window, like I'd see her in the kitchen, bopping around, you know".

'This is our way to send our brother home with respect, with more respect to follow with the funeral services'.

Chesna would have celebrated six years with the Weymouth Police Department on Monday.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said on Twitter that his thoughts were with the families of the officer and bystander.

Law enforcement groups as near as the Boston Police Department and as far as ME were taking to social media to express their sadness.

Weymouth police were responding to a report of a person driving erratically Sunday morning when they discovered a crashed BMW, said Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey.

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