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Homeless man accused of killing Weymouth officer, bystander with cop's gun awaits court date

By LAUREL J. SWEET
Boston Herald

July 17. 2018 9:28AM
Weymouth police salute as the procession carrying Weymouth police officer Michael Chesna's body after he was shot and killed this morning allegedly by Emanuel Lopes on Sunday. (Herald Staff photo by Matt Stone)



The 20-year-old Brockton, Mass., native accused of executing Weymouth police Officer Michael Chesna with Chesna’s service weapon and then killing a woman in the sanctity of her home Sunday had battled with department members and used a rock as a weapon before, according to court documents.

The 6-foot, 3-inch Emanuel A. Lopes, 20, has been free on $500 bail since November. Lopes was arrested in Weymouth, Mass., Oct. 3 on charges of dealing cocaine at a beach party for minors and resisting arrest. He was due to return to Quincy District Court July 30 for a discovery hearing.

Lopes was listed in court papers as homeless at the time. Police noted Lopes’ size in their report, adding, “We have fought with him before.” Lopes attempted to evade arrest for the drug offenses by running, police said.

After posting bail, Lopes entered the High Point addiction treatment center in Plymouth on Nov. 25 for what court papers state were “clinical stabilization services.” The papers do not disclose when he left.

The conditions of Lopes’ release included remaining drug- and alcohol-free, but court records indicate he failed to appear for a random drug screening on Feb. 7.

After a pretrial probation violation hearing on April 25, Lopes was permitted to remain free on the same conditions.

Lopes had also been arrested by Weymouth police Sept. 4 for allegedly throwing a rock through the bedroom window of a home where he’d been asked to leave earlier.

Lopes was charged with property damage and released on pretrial probation.

He is accused of picking up a large rock Sunday to disable Chesna, who was pursuing him on foot following a crash, and then murdering the 42-year-old father of two with his department-issued gun.

Lopes remains hospitalized this morning with a gunshot wound to his leg he sustained when he allegedly exchanged gunfire with responding officers at Torrey Street and Burton Terrace.

The woman who was killed in her home is identified in newly released court documents as 77-year-old Vera Adams. Adams died from a gunshot wound to her chest. Lopes allegedly fired three rounds through a her porch picture window.

Before entering High Point last year, Lopes had also sought treatment at the Massachusetts Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center in Bridgewater, court records state.


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