Suspect in Auburn Cop Shooting Dead, Trooper Recovering
An Auburn police officer was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop early Sunday morning, setting off a daylong manhunt that left the suspect dead and a state trooper recovering from a gunshot wound.
Police say Jorge Zambrano, 35, of Worcester, shot Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr, 43, around 12:30 a.m. before fleeing the scene. Tarentino, a father of three, was taken to UMass Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Zambrano was later found taking shelter in a duplex in nearby Oxford, where police say he shot a state trooper in the shoulder. After trying to flush him out of the duplex with tear gas and police dogs, police fatally shot Zambrano in a firefight.
The unidentified trooper, a 18-year veteran of the State Police and a former U.S. Navy Seal, underwent surgery at UMass Medical Center.
Tarentino was a member of Auburn police for two years after transferring from Leicester. His body was taken to a Boston medical examiner before returning to a Leicester funeral home Sunday afternoon. He was the last Auburn police officer to die in the line of duty in 30 years.
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In the aftermath, Auburn police gave members of the media boxes of doughnuts, while Gov. Charlie Baker ordered the state’s flags lowered to half-mast. Auburn police have encouraged donating to the Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. Memorial Fund to aide his wife and children.