Mom of fallen Yarmouth officer killed demands change after 3rd officer death

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Denise Gannon and officers collage

HANOVER, Mass. (WPRI) — The mother of a Yarmouth K-9 Sergeant killed in the line of duty earlier this year joined the thousands of people attending the funeral of a Weymouth officer who was shot and killed Sunday.

Weymouth Police Sergeant Michael Chesna died in the line of duty on July 15 when Chesna attempted to stop an erratic driver in Weymouth. The pursuit turned deadly as the suspect, Emmanuel Lopes, fled on food, threw a rock at Chesna’s head, and was able to obtain the officer’s gun. Lopes allegedly shot Chesna 10 times.

New Bedford mother Denise Gannon knows the feeling all too well. She lost her son, Sean Gannon, when he was shot and killed while serving a search warrant on April 12.

“Our hearts are bleeding for the Chesna family,” Denise said.

Denise was among police, family, friends and community members who attended Chesna’s funeral on Friday.

She said she’s angry that another family is being put through a tragedy like she went through, and wants the laws to change to protect officers.

“When will it be enough? When will enough be enough so we can fix and change this?” Denise said.

Chesna and Gannon are not the only officers who have been shot and killed in the line of duty in New England this year. Somerset County Cpl. Sheriff Eugene Cole was killed in late April while investigating a robbery. Cole’s death sparked a four-day manhunt for the suspect, who took off in his cruiser after fatally shooting him.

Denise and her husband Patrick have been advocating for more respect for law enforcement, gun control and legal reform to keep repeat offenders behind bars.

“It’s disgraceful,” Denise said about the recent officer deaths. “As good officers are shot, wounded and killed, and their families left in a wake of disaster and tragedy for the rest of their lives, criminals are on the street yet at large and hurting law enforcement and the public.”

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