WEYMOUTH, Mass. – A Massachusetts police officer described as a “great family man and officer” died Sunday after a man attacked him with a rock, then took the officer’s weapon and shot him in the head and chest, officials said.

Weymouth Officer Michael Chesna, 42, was killed after he sustained “life threatening” injuries in the shooting just before 8 a.m., officials said. Another woman in her home was also shot and killed when the suspect, Emmanuel Lopes, fired the gun three more times trying to evade responding officers and make his escape, reported Fox News.

“Officer Chesna was an army veteran. In fact, I was speaking with his mom this morning and she told me he joined the military to help open the doors to get on this job [as a police officer],” Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes said in a news conference.

Chesna was attempting to pull over a man who was driving erratically Sunday morning when Lopes crashed the vehicle, got out and attempted to flee the scene. Chesna then got out of his patrol car, drew his firearm and demanded the suspect to stop, officials said in a news conference.

“Lopes then attacked Officer Chesna in what is believed to be with a large stone, striking [Chesna] in the head and Officer Chesna fell to the ground,” officials said.

Following the attack, Lopes took Chesna’s handgun and fired it several times. Weymouth police officers who responded to the scene returned fire, striking Lopes in his leg and knee.

Lopes continued to evade police custody and led pursuing officers on a foot chase. Lopes fired the gun three times, killing the woman in the home. The woman’s identity has not been released pending family notification.

April Visco, 43, told the Boston Globe she heard 10 to 20 shots fired. She ran outside to hear someone yell, “get on the ground,” three times.

“Everyone says ‘it doesn’t happen in my neighborhood,’” she told the Globe. “It does happen everywhere.”

Lopes was finally corralled and arrested. He was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life threatening. He is expected to be arraigned on two counts of murder.

Police were at the scene Sunday combing through the area for evidence. Massachusetts State Police previously said crime scene services, ballistics, troopers assigned to Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office are assisting in the investigation.

Authorities said Chesna was a “family man” and leaves behind a wife and three young children. He was one day away from his sixth anniversary since joining the police department.

“He was one of those people who truly sought this job and was fortunate enough to get it,” Grimes said.