Elected officials, notable sports figures, and police departments from across the region offered their condolences on Twitter Sunday after a Weymouth police officer was fatally shot earlier in the day.
Officer Michael Chesna, 42, was killed in the line of duty, and a local woman was shot and killed in her home, according to the Norfolk District Attorney’s office.
Among those who paid their respects was Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who was filmed by a local TV news station entering Weymouth’s police station and greeting officials there.
Governor Charlie Baker also said he was “deeply saddened” by the “tragic loss” of the two victims, adding that the state “is forever grateful for the courageous men and women who risk their lives to serve and protect our communities every single day.”
Weymouth Police Officer Michael Chesna was shot & killed w:his own weapon this AM when he tried to capture a suspect vandalizing a home. He served his country in Iraq and Afghanistan. His death is a senseless tragedy & I ask you to keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/dfxe04poiv— Charlie Baker (@CharlieBakerMA) July 15, 2018
The mother of Sean Gannon, a Yarmouth police officer who was killed in the line of duty in April, said that her familed was grieving “wholeheartedly for the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Chesna, whose life and service cannot be retrieved or measured in this incomprehensible and egregious act of violence.”
“May public outrage stir us all to act to create the changes in the laws and virtuous culture that will give us all hope now and for future generations to come,” Denise Morency Gannon said in a statement to the Globe Sunday night.
Here’s a look at how others were reacting to the incident.
Sending my heartfelt condolences to @WeymouthPD Officer Michael Chesna’s wife and two children, as well as the family of the second victim in Weymouth.— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) July 15, 2018
Boston is grateful for Michael’s service in the United States Army and his dedication to keeping people safe in Weymouth. -MJW
Officer Michael Chesna of @WeymouthPD was killed today in the line of duty. A local resident also lost her life. Our hearts are with their families, the people of Weymouth, and the men and women of the Weymouth Police mourning the tragic loss of a brave colleague and friend.— Maura Healey (@MassAGO) July 15, 2018