Manhunt Underway for Suspect Who Killed a Police Officer and Bystander
MASSACHUSETTS — July 16, 2018
The suspect, Emanuel Lopes, struck a Massachusetts police officer Michael Chesna, 42, in the head with a stone before swiping the pistol and shooting him multiple times.
It happened late Sunday evening. The woman, who was inside her home in Weymouth 16 miles outside Boston, was shot when Lopes fired the gun as he fled. She has died on the scene.
Later Lopes was observed driving erratically on a street in Weymouth.
When police tried to pull him over, Lopes crashed into another car and fled on foot.
One of the policemen caught him, grabbed him and threw him to the ground. The suspect then snatched the gun out of the officer's hand and shot multiple times.
Chesna was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died from his injuries.
“You could hear officers running through our neighborhood screaming, telling him to ‘Put the gun down, put the gun down!’” local resident Susan Long told NBC 10 Boston.
Local resident April Visco told the Boston Globe she heard 10 to 20 shots.
“Everyone says ‘it doesn’t happen in my neighborhood,’” she told the Globe. “It does happen everywhere.”
Chesna joined the department in 2012 and was an Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the Patriot Ledger.
He is survived by his wife and three children.
“He was one of those people who truly sought this job and was fortunate enough to get it,” Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes said.
The matter is being investigated by the police. A manhunt for Lopes is underway. It is possible that the woman he killed was his wife.