Hunt for Mass. Cop Killer Ends Violently

Suspect was shot dead after injuring trooper
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 23, 2016 2:24 AM CDT
Hunt for Mass. Cop Killer Ends Violently
Massachusetts State Police divers search Stoneville Pond near the site where Auburn police officer Ronald Tarentino was fatally shot during a traffic stop.   (Rick Cinclair/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP)

A man accused of killing a Massachusetts police officer during an early morning traffic stop was later shot to death after exchanging gunfire with police and wounding a state trooper, officials say. The suspect, identified as 35-year-old Jorge Zambrano, burst out of a bedroom closet and opened fire on officers Sunday evening as they approached him inside a duplex apartment in Oxford, investigators said at a news conference. Zambrano, who authorities say had a criminal history, was taken to a hospital, where he died, the AP reports. The injured trooper suffered a gunshot wound to his left shoulder and was scheduled to undergo surgery late Sunday night. He is an 18-year veteran and former US Navy SEAL. His name wasn't released.

The violent end to the manhunt came nearly 18 hours after Officer Ronald Tarentino was shot dead by Zambrano during a traffic stop at about 12:30am Sunday in Auburn, authorities say. The 42-year-old Tarentino was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He had been with the Auburn police force for two years; before that he worked with the Leicester Police Department in his hometown. He leaves behind a wife and three children. State and local police officers lined up outside of the hospital Sunday as a police vehicle, escorted by a procession, took Tarentino's body to the state medical examiner's office in Boston, where the vehicle was met by another large contingent of officers. (Read more Massachusetts stories.)

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