Suspect in shooting of Weymouth officer, bystander to be charged with murder


WEYMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) — The suspect accused in the double murder of Weymouth Police Officer Michael Chesna and a woman named Vera Adams with Chesna’s service weapon remains in the hospital awaiting charges of murder, according to the Norfolk County DA’s Office.

Emanuel Lopes, 20, of Brockton, was shot in the leg by police and is currently being treated at South Shore Hospital. A spokesperson for the DA said he was not medically cleared to be arraigned yet, but may face a judge on Tuesday.

According to court documents, Lopes first threw a rock at Chesna, knocking him over, then shot him about 10 times with the officer’s own gun.

The police report in the court documents said the incident started at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, when Lopes was reported to be driving erratically and then crashed a BMW on Columbian Street in Weymouth. Police dispatched to the scene saw him run away, and Officer Chesna went to search for him in the area.

Chesna discovered Lopes throwing rocks at a house on Burton Terrace, breaking a window. According to the police report, Chesna exited his cruiser and Lopes threw a large rock at his head, causing Chesna to fall down and drop his weapon.

Lopes picked up the gun, according to the report, and “fired approximately 5 rounds in the area of Off. Chesna’s head and approximately 5 rounds in the area of Off. Chesna’s torso and legs.”

Officer Sean Murphy arrived on the scene and saw Lopes standing over Officer Chesna. According to the report, he fired his gun and hit Lopes in the leg. Lopes took off, still holding the gun.

Next, police say Lopes walked up a Torrey Street driveway and fired the gun three times through a picture window into Vera Adams’ porch. The 77-year-old was hit in the chest and killed.

Police captured Lopes soon after and took him into custody. The stolen gun’s ammunition was spent. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for his gunshot wound.

Lopes is charged with two counts of murder, possession of a firearm, destruction of property, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.

Lopes was previously arrested in September 2017 for throwing a rock through a window on Lee Street in Weymouth. He was also charged with drug possession and distribution in October 2017.

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