Chief Richard Grimes of the Weymouth Police Department in Massachusetts sadly reports the death of Officer Michael Chesna.
Officer Chesna, 42, was shot and killed while he was investigating a reckless driver. Upon his arrival at the scene, he found the vehicle had been involved in a collision with another automobile and the suspect driver had fled the scene. Chesna located the suspect near the location of the crash vandalizing a home.
Chesna confronted the suspect who immediately attacked him with a large stone striking him in the head. The suspect then disarmed him and commenced shooting the officer multiple times in the head and chest. The suspect then fled that scene on foot.
Chesna was taken to South Shore Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Michael Chesna, who leaves behind a wife and two children. He was a 6-year veteran of the #Weymouth Police Department. #EndOfWatch https://t.co/D8EFUGWVWW pic.twitter.com/9325PAq4jr
— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) July 15, 2018
Other officers who had responded to the area located the suspect and ordered him to drop the weapon. The suspect refused and continued to flee on foot while indiscriminately shooting Chesna’s handgun. Officers opened fire, wounding the suspect and taking him into custody.
It was later learned during the investigation that one of the rounds fired by the suspect went through a window of a nearby home striking and killing an elderly woman.
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.”
Michael Chesna served the Weymouth Police Department for six years. He is a U.S. Army combat veteran having served two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, four and nine years of age.
“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.
“He was one of those people who truly sought this job, was fortunate enough to get it, and very much appreciated it,” Grimes said.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) July 15, 2018
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was spotted visiting the Weymouth Police Department around 3:30 p.m. Sunday to offer his thoughts and prayers to the department.
— Sera Congi (@seracongi) July 15, 2018
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Officer Chesna and an innocent bystander today and my thoughts and prayers are with their families, loved ones and the @WeymouthPD after this tragic loss,” Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said on Twitter Sunday. The Commonwealth is forever grateful for the courageous men and women who risk their lives to serve and protect our communities every single day.
Chesna is the second officer to be killed in a shooting in Massachusetts this year. Yarmouth Police K9 handler Sean Gannon was shot and killed by a man who was hiding in an attic in April. His K9 partner Nero was recently cleared for normal activity.
NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill said on Twitter that Chesna’s death was another example of the dangers facing police each day.
Today would have been Officer Michael Chesna’s 6th anniv. with @WeymouthPD, but he was shot & killed yesterday while doing his job. Another example of the dangers facing police each day. #USA lost a cop & proud @USArmy vet. A wife lost a husband. And 2 young kids lost their dad. pic.twitter.com/zBwpTeRZIK
— Commissioner O'Neill (@NYPDONeill) July 16, 2018
Officer Michael Chesna is gone, but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Sunday, July 15, 2018.