BOSTON (CBS) — Gov. Charlie Baker ordered all flags be lowered to half-staff Monday in honor of slain Weymouth police officer Michael Chesna.

The order includes the main building of public institutions, state-owned or controlled buildings, and all state military installations.

The flag at half-staff outside the Weymouth Police station. (WBZ-TV)

Chesna was shot and killed Sunday. Chesna, a six-year veteran of the Weymouth Police force, initially responded to a report of an erratic driver around 7:30 a.m. He witnessed a man, later identified by police as Emanuel Lopes, vandalizing a home. Lopes then hit Chesna in the head with a rock, causing Chesna to fall to the ground, and repeatedly shot Chesna with the officer’s own gun, said Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey.

Officer Michael Chesna. (Image Credit: Weymouth Police Department)

The D.A. said Lopes is also responsible for the death of an innocent bystander. While running from police, Lopes shot into a nearby home and killed a woman inside. Her identity has not been released at this time.

Lopes will be arraigned on two counts of murder at a later date.


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