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Mother of Slain Yarmouth Officer Speaks Out After Weymouth Officer Killed

Yarmouth Sgt. Sean Gannon was killed in the line of duty in April

What to Know

  • Yarmouth Sgt. Sean Gannon was shot and killed in the line of duty in April of this year
  • Weymouth Officer Michael Chesna was shot and killed yesterday by a 20-year-old suspect; a 77-year-old woman was also killed in the incident
  • Gannon's mother is calling for court and gun control reforms

The mother of a Massachusetts police officer killed in the line of duty several months ago is speaking out about the latest fatal shooting of an officer.

Denise Morency Gannon, the mother of fallen Yarmouth Sgt. Sean Gannon, released a statement Sunday about the death of Weymouth Officer Michael Chesna. Gannon was shot in April while serving an arrest warrant.

Morency Gannon said "Our hearts are broken once again for what can never be justified."

She says lawmakers and the court system fail to adequately support police by allowing dangerous criminals to remain free. She also said gun control needs to be a national priority or "these murders will continue to occur."

Authorities say Chesna was killed Sunday by a man who struck him with a rock before taking the officer's gun and shooting him.

The suspect, 20-year-old Emanuel Lopes, is also accused of killing 77-year-old Vera Adams while shooting at other responding officers.

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