Massachusetts Police Officer Dies After Being Attacked With Rock and shot With His Own Gun

Weymouth Police Officer Michael Chesna was killed one day before the sixth anniversary of his hiring by the department. (Gary Higgins/The Quincy Patriot Ledger via AP)

A Massachusetts police officer and an elderly woman were killed Sunday after a suspect attacked the officer with a rock, took his gun and shot him in the head and chest, officials said.

Weymouth police officer Michael Chesna, 42, was pronounced dead at a local hospital shortly before 8 a.m. The unidentified woman was fatally wounded by stray bullets in a nearby home. A suspect, identified as Emanuel Lopes, was in custody and was expected to be arraigned on two counts of homicide Monday.

According to investigators, Lopes crashed a car he was driving and fled the scene on foot at approximately 7:30 a.m. Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney Greg Connor said Chesna discovered Lopes vandalizing a nearby house. When the officer drew his gun and commanded Lopes to stop, the suspect allegedly attacked Chesna with the stone and struck him in the head.

According to Connor, Lopes took Chesna’s gun and fired it several times, striking the officer in the head and chest.

Weymouth police officers who responded to the scene returned fire, striking Lopes in his leg and knee.

Lopes again tried to escape as officers chased him, investigators said. They added that he fired Chesna’s gun three times during the chase, killing the woman in the home.

Lopes was arrested and taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

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SOURCE: Fox News, Katherine Lam