Authorities in Massachusetts say a police officer in Weymouth and an elderly woman were both killed during an attack involving the officer’s own firearm.
According to Fox News, 42-year-old officer Michael Chesna was pursuing suspected vandal Emanuel Lopes when the man wrecked his car and fled on foot.
Investigators believe Lopes struck the officer with a rock before taking his service pistol and shooting Chesna in the head and chest.
The officer was transported to an area hospital at about 8 a.m. on Sunday and was pronounced dead a short time later.
A woman in a nearby residence was fatally shot during the incident, according to police.
One neighbor said she heard between 10 and 20 gunshots during the incident.
“Everyone says it doesn’t happen in my neighborhood,” she said. “It does happen everywhere.”
The latest reports available indicate Lopes had been arrested and remained in custody ahead of a scheduled arraignment on Monday. He is expected to face two counts of homicide.
Chesna was a military veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes.
“I hired Chesna six years ago tomorrow,” he said, describing law enforcement as the ideal job for the father of two.
“He was one of those people who truly sought this job and was fortunate enough to get it,” Grimes said.
According to WCVB, Chesna is survived by a wife and two children, ages 4 and 9.
On behalf of the #FBI, our deepest condolences & heartfelt sympathy are with @WeymouthPD and the family & friends of Officer Michael Chesna who was killed in the line of duty this morning. He made the ultimate sacrifice to protect his community. pic.twitter.com/cRZtNdJK5M
— FBI Boston (@FBIBoston) July 15, 2018
[Featured image: Michael Chesna, FBI Boston]