Community, law enforcement honor fallen Weymouth police officer, husband, father
By Alana Cerrone
WEYMOUTH, Mass. (WLNE) – Hundreds of officers from cities and towns across Massachusetts escorted fallen Officer Michael Chesna’s body from Boston to a Weymouth funeral home.
The 42-year-old was shot and killed Sunday investigating reports of an erratic driver.
The suspect, 20-year-old Emanuel Lopes, allegedly hit him in the head with a rock, then took Chesna’s gun and shot him.
A bystander, 77-year-old Vera Adams, was also shot and killed.
Back at the police station, a growing memorial of flowers and signs pays tribute to the officer – an Army Veteran serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Chesna leaves behind a wife and two young children, ages 4 and 9.
Monday would have been his sixth anniversary with the Weymouth Police Department.
He is the 80th police officer line of duty death in the country this year.
In April, Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon was shot and killed.
His department issued the following statement Monday:
The Command Staff and the men women of the YPD have had our hearts broken again. We know exactly what our colleagues in Weymouth are experiencing and we will always be there for them.
The violence against Police Officers and the false narrative and disrespect towards Law Enforcement must end now. The ongoing violence that continues to occur is partly on the hands of the legislators who have failed to make any changes since April 12 and the Massachusetts court system that is endangering the public and our Police Officers by allowing dangerous criminals to roam free on the streets of our Commonwealth.
Court documents show Lopes has a criminal history, an arrest in September 2017 for vandalism. While he was out on bail for that charge, he was arrested for selling cocaine to minors. Police say he pushed officers and ran from them when they attempted to search him. During that arrest, he was being frisked when police say he fled.