Accused Cop-Killer Indicted on New Charges

Emanuel Lopes, 20, is the suspected gunman behind the fatal Weymouth shooting that killed Sgt. Michael Chesna and 77-year-old Vera Adams

A 20-year-old man accused of shooting and killing a Massachusetts police sergeant and an innocent bystander was indicted Thursday on 11 charges stemming from the incidents on July 15.

Emanuel Lopes had previously pleaded not guilty to multiple charges in connection with the slaying of Weymouth Sgt. Michael Chesna and 77-year-old Vera Adams, including two counts of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm without a license. The indictment moves the case to Superior Court.

Lopes was indicted Thursday on two counts of murder; two counts of armed assault with intent to murder involving a firearm; one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a rock; one count of larceny of a firearm; one count of carrying a firearm without an FID card; one count of  use of a motor vehicle without authority; one count of negligent operation of a motor vehicle; one count of leaving the scene of a collision causing property damage; and one count of malicious destruction of property.

"Our thoughts remain with the families and loved ones of Vera Adams and Sgt. Michael Chesna and with the entire Weymouth community," Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said in a statement announcing the indictment.

Authorities said Chesna responded to a call of a crashed vehicle on July 15 when he spotted Lopes allegedly vandalizing a nearby home near the intersection of Burton Terrace and Torrey Road.

The suspect allegedly threw a large rock at the sergeant’s head before shooting him with his own gun multiple times. Lopes then allegedly shot and killed Adams, who was standing near a window inside her home, as he was running from responding officers.

Lopes continues to be held without bail at the Norfolk County House of Correction in Dedham.

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