The Weymouth police officer shot and killed in the line of duty on Sunday, June 15 was the son of retired Wellesley letter carrier Chuck Chesna.
At 7:30am that day, Weymouth police responded to a call about an erratic driver near South Shore Hospital. The driver was seen exiting the vehicle. Officer Michael Chesna, 42, located the suspect vandalizing a nearby home.
According to WCVB5, “Authorities say Chesna got out of his cruiser, drew his firearm and told Lopes to stop when Lopes attacked Chesna with a large stone, striking him in the head. Chesna fell to the ground and Lopes took Chesna’s gun and opened fire, hitting Chesna several times in his head and chest. Chesna was taken to South Shore Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.”
A woman in her home was also struck and killed by a bullet authorities say was fired by the suspect.
The letter carrier who now has his route says Chesna’s “…route was Forest, Washington, Allen and Clark Rd areas. I know a customer had a retirement party for him and he was well liked.” Chesna retired in 2013.
Wellesley offers its condolences to Chuck Chesna and his family.