“WEYMOUTH, MA A police officer and an innocent bystander were shot and killed in Weymouth Sunday morning. Authorities say Weymouth police received a call around 7:30 a.m. about an erratic driver in the area of South Shore Hospital. The driver was involved in a single-car accident and was seen leaving the car on foot. Officers began searching for the suspect when Officer Michael Chesna, 42, located the suspect, identified as Emanuel Lopes, 20, in the area of Burton Terrace vandalizing a home. Authorities say Chesna got out of his cruiser, drew his firearm and told Lopes to stop when Lopes attacked Chesna with a large stone, striking him in the head. Chesna fell to the ground and Lopes took Chesna’s gun and opened fire, hitting Chesna several times in his head and chest. Chesna was taken to South Shore Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Responding officers exchanged gunfire with Lopes, hitting him in one of his legs before Lopes took of on foot through the yards of Burton Terrace.
Authorities say officers engaged in a foot pursuit with Lopes when he fired off Chesna’s gun three more times, with one of those bullets striking a woman who was in her home and killing her. Lopes was placed into custody after discharging the weapon and taken to South Shore Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.”
In the hours following the news, New England Patriots Owner and CEO made a special trip to Weymouth Police headquarters to offer his condolences and support to the department.
According to reporters on the scene, Kraft walked inside with an envelope in his hand but the Patriots declined to comment on what it contained.
“Just terrible”, Kraft told WCVB’s Sera Congi while leaving the station and added “This is what makes this country great” in a possible reference to the sacrifices and willingness of police officers to put themselves in front of danger everyday.
— Sera Congi (@seracongi) July 15, 2018
— Hayley Johnson (@_hayley_johnson) July 15, 2018
A GoFundMe account was setup to help the family.
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