WEYMOUTH, Massachusetts — A cop and an innocent bystander were killed after a man fleeing a car crash stole the officer’s gun and opened fire, authorities said.
Officer Michael Chesna, of the Weymouth Police Department in Massachusetts, was chasing after Emanuel Lopes, 20, early Sunday after he ran from the scene of a car wreck.
But as Chesna drew close, Lopes allegedly bashed him on the head with a stone, knocking him to the ground. Lopes then grabbed Chesna’s gun and opened fire, hitting the officer multiple times on the head and chest, the Boston Globe reported.
As other officers gave chase, Lopes allegedly squeezed off three more rounds, fatally striking an unidentified elderly woman who was sitting inside her house.
Chesna, a 42-year-old Army veteran and father of two, later died at South Shore Hospital.
Lopes was caught soon after. He was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the leg and will be arraigned on two counts of homicide Monday.
“This is an awful day for Weymouth and for Massachusetts,” said District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey.. “Our hearts are very much with the surviving families of these victims.”
Lopes has had several prior run-ins with the law. In September last year, he was arrested in Weymouth for vandalizing a dry cleaner. The following month he was arrested in North Weymouth for allegedly selling cocaine to minors. During that arrest, Lopes reportedly attempted to flee from cops before being caught in the woods by a police dog.