Hero Down: Weymouth Officer Michael Chesna Murdered With Rock & Own Gun

A Weymouth police officer was hit in the head with a rock before his attacker shot him repeatedly with his duty weapon.

Weymouth, MA – Weymouth Police Officer Michael Chesna was murdered in the line of duty on Sunday morning, after he pursued a suspect on foot following a car crash.

The incident occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m., when a man later identified as Emmanuel Lopes crashed his vehicle after driving erratically in the area of South Shore Hospital, WPRI reported.

Officer Chesna, 42, responded to the area and spotted Lopes “actively vandalizing a home” in Burton Terrace, Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney Greg Connor said during a press conference.

Officer Chesna got out of his patrol vehicle with his duty weapon drawn and ordered Lopes to stop, Connor explained.

He began chasing the suspect, who attacked Officer Chesna by hitting him in the head with a large rock, WCVB reported.

The strike knocked Officer Chesna to the ground, Connor said.

Lopes then stole the officer’s duty weapon and shot him several times in the head and chest.

Officer Chesna was rushed to South Shore Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

As other officers chased after Lopes on foot, he fired Officer Chesna’s weapon three more times, fatally striking an unnamed woman who was inside her home.

Lopes was also hit once in his lower leg during the shootout with police, Connor said.

He was subsequently apprehended and transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Lopes is expected to be arraigned on two counts of homicide on Monday.

Officer Chesna was killed just one day shy of his sixth anniversary with the department, Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes said during the press conference.

He was assigned to the Traffic Division’s midnight shift.

“I would see him in the morning coming in from the street and he always had a kind word and a good attitude,” Chief Grimes recalled. “He was one of those people that 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.”

Prior to his career in law enforcement, Officer Chesna served in the U.S. Army, including several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, WCVB reported.

During the press conference, Chief Grimes described Officer Chesna as a “family man,” who leaves behind a wife and two young daughters, ages four and nine.

“Our concerns right now are with Mike’s family, as well as my Weymouth Police Department family, going forward,” the chief said.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Weymouth Police Officer Michael Chesna, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Officer Michael Chesna, your life mattered.

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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Better retention holsters needed. Because Blue Lives Matter.

ON EDIT: see shooter's helpful clarification downthread

JBo
JBo

Prayers for his family and LEO family. Yet again...another murder of a public servant.

Ken Curtis
Ken Curtis

He had his weapon drawn. It was not holstered. Besides, unless you were involved, you or me or anyone else has not idea exactly what went down in this horrible incident.

Rving
Rving

These and bigger are what our Border Patrol agents face from the Mexicans all day everyday. R.I.P. sir and Thankyou for your service.

shooter
shooter

@Burgers Allday

It would help if you read the article...

"...Officer Chesna got out of his patrol vehicle with his duty weapon drawn..."

There was no issue regarding his holster.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@shooter: thanks for the explanation. You are correct and I was wrong.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@shooter - don't expect Burger to actually read the article with any degree of comprehension. If he did that, he would no longer be able to troll this website.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Did he get any shots off before getting hit in the head?

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Burgers Allday - I don't know but I'm pretty sure you got hit numerous times in the head at some point in your life.

Old school 26
Old school 26

Rest In Peace my brother

Marxest
Marxest

My heart is moved, but my head remains fixed. I hope Justice is pursued in this tragic matter. My sincere condolences to Officer Chesna's family. May the light see them through this dark time.

Boondoggle
Boondoggle

There is no taken into custody or apprehended for cop shooters. They should be put down forthwith.

J1234
J1234

the ABC radio reporter pronounced perps name Loapz instead of Low-pez to confuse the normies. Some head gear is in order, level IIIA, in a ballcap with a chinstrap. Even just hard, ribbed plastic backed by hard foam is better than nothing....considering older cops and younger perps. Also consider big rock = gun so shoot first....this rock can develop energy levels matching 9mm (w/o penetration of course).

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

These stories just rip my heart out. A man who survived war and comes home to serve his community only to be killed by some thing. Officer Chesna you will never be forgotten and your life mattered. 😔🇺🇸💙

Mrs10
Mrs10

These are the stories that keep police wives up at night and make us grateful for the sound of Velcro. Officer Chesna my prayers are with your family tonight and with you as God welcomes another hero home. 💙

Memaw187
Memaw187

Thank you,American hero. God bless your loved ones and give them comfort. Justice- make sure his blood sacrifice was not in vain.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Sigh......things like this are why leo's etc have high divorce rates......you just never know when, or even if, you will go home in one piece . And yet, we still serve and protect, day after day. My condolences to the family of this hero. RIP, Brother.

SDLucas
SDLucas

The fact the this double murderer and active shooter was arrested with non-life-threatning injuries is a testament to the integrity and discipline of the officers involved, and gives lie to the idea that use of excessive force is common among law enforcement forces in our country, as some elements of our society repeatedly suggest. I was trained as a soldier, and have so much respect for high standards and discipline of the modern troops and LEO of today - back in "my" day, they would have needed a second coroner's vehicle for the perp, and might have this time, if I, as a lawfully armed citizen, had been in the vicinity of the tragedy. Do y'all think we need to add helmets to routine patrol gear? And, please, please, please... Wear your vests.

VicG
VicG

Condolences to family and department. Rest in Peace Brother...

gfc1963
gfc1963

This pos should not have been taken alive. Kills a cop and kills an innocent civillian??

tomcd
tomcd

May Officer Chesna rest in peace. Everyone should pray for His Family, though difficult, keeping in mind that he is a true American Hero. We need a Federal law to be put in place that calls for the Death Sentence to be automatically applied in these horrible tragedies.

Fire_and_Steel
Fire_and_Steel

Well, that pokes holes in Burgers' idea for "stronger federal gun laws could help."

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

My proposal only reduces murder, it does not completely eliminate it. Just like anti-drug laws reduce drug usage, but do not eliminate it. Not a difficult concept.

MMC05
MMC05

the officers should have killed this bastard...they should be allowed to shoot and kill when see a see a crime in progress. You don't want to die? Don't commit a crime!!!!

Missy64
Missy64

My prayers are with the officer's family both personal and blue. RIP officer.

KCN
KCN

Very sad, but unfortunately, a more and more common occurrence within the prisons across America. In many States staff no longer have the numbers needed to face off with the increasing violent offenders with a gang mentality that are entering the system. Many of these inmates (not all) work as packs within the prisons and have little regard for human life. They will stab someone simply for appearing to disrespect them (like they deserve respect in the first place). Budget cuts by State governments create great risk to staff, as well as other non-violent inmates, who have to deal with these predators on a daily basis. It is not uncommon for 1 or 2 Officers to be left to watch over 100's of inmates in the yard area. And those inmates that want to do their time, leave with a skill in hand and make changes in their lives? They are faced with having to try to do so amongst some of the most violent predators on this planet. In addition to the lack of staff and the increasingly violent inmate comes the media's reporting of violence against the Police with the "suggestion" that it is somehow the Police Officer's fault for instigating an incident BEFORE EVEN KNOWING WHAT THE FACTS ARE. This incites inmates into defying authority, making it even more dangerous for staff that work inside these walls. Unfortunately history has shown that it takes tragedy like this for changes to be made by State governments. The problem is, the changes will only last for 15-20 years until the public forgets and the Administrators at the top have been replaced. Unfortunate as it is, history will again repeat itself because nobody remembers. My intent is not to be pessimistic, but rather realistic with the hope that change for the better occurs (and remains). Rest in peace my brother.

KCN
KCN

Apologies, the above post was meant for the story about the MN Corrections Officer killed in the line of duty.

vwiles34
vwiles34

Another tragedy with an officer and an innocent victim left dead. Because of some low life piece of crap. And now the taxpayers will house, cloth and feed him the rest of his miserable life. We need to go back to western law. Have a trial and if they're found guilty hang'em before sundown. Because prison isn't a deterrent anymore. They go in and hang out with their jail buddies, play cards, watch tv, work out and don't have a care in the world.

tfort
tfort

Rock? That's creative.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Damn shame a veteran can spend several tours overseas only to get murdered here at home.