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Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino, TMHS Graduate, Killed on duty

May 22, 2016 02:00PM ● By Bill Gilman

Auburn Police Officer and Tewksbury High graduate Ron Tarentino was killed while on duty, early Sunday morning.

Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino, a graduate of Tewksbury Memorial High School, was shot and killed early Sunday morning during, what appeared to be, a routine traffic stop.

Massachusetts State Police are leading a statewide manhunt for a suspoect in the murder of Officer Ronald Tarentino, 42.

Tarentino's death was confirmed Sunday afternoon by Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Tarentino leaves behind a wife and three children, according to Auburn Police Chief Andrew Sluckis. He joined the Auburn Police Department in 2013. He had previously served as an officer with the Leicester Police Department. He was a 1991 graduate of Tewksbury Memorial High School.

Speaking at the press conference, Sluckis vowed that Tarentino's killer would be brought to justice swiftly.

“We will leave no stone unturned in our investigation to determine who is responsible for Officer Tarentino’s death.Every investigative avenue is being pursued fully and completely," he said.

Auburn and State Police confirmed the shooting took place around 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning on Rochdale Street in Auburn. Tarentino had pulled over a vehicle, approached the vehicle and was shot by an occupant. No additional details were provided.

Tarentino was transported by ambulance to UMass Medical Center-Memorial Campus, in Worcester, where doctors pronounced him dead.

According to an article published on, State Police divers were observed searching bodies of water near the site of the shooting. Troopers were also searching a gray truck parked in the vicinity.

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