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Suspect In Tarentino Murder Is Killed In Shootout With Police

May 23, 2016 02:48AM ● By Bill Gilman

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

The man believed to be responsible for the death of an Auburn Police officer and Tewksbury High graduate Ronald Tarentino, is dead.
Jorge Zambrano, 35, of Worcester, was killed in a shootout with law enforcement, Sunday afternoon in Oxford. A State Trooper sustained a gunshot wound in the shoulder during the confrontation. His injuries are considered non-life-threatening. The Trooper was not identified, but was described as a former Navy SEAL and a member of the State Police Special Tactical Operations Team. 
According to State Police, Zambrano was driving along Rochdale Street in Auburn, when he was pulled over by Tarentino around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. The officer approached the vehicle and was shot by Zambrano. Officials have not revealed how many times Zambrano fired his weapon, how many times Tarentino was shot or where, or what type of gun was used.

 

According to State Police, Zambrano fled the scene after the shooting and drove to a duplex in Oxford, where his vehicle was later located. He was tracked down through a joint investigation involving the State Police, FBI and Secret Service.
Troopers and agents converged on the house and used tear gas and K-9s to try and clear the building before entering. According to State Police, Zambrano burst out of a bedroom closet firing his weapon. Fire was returned and Zambrano was killed.
“The threat he posed to our community is now over,” said Auburn Police Chief Andrew Sluckis, at a press conference Sunday evening in Auburn. Sluckis added that a full investigation into the shooting death of officer Tarentino will continue, in order to provide his family and friends with answers regarding his death.
Massachusetts State Police Colonel Richard McKeon praised the work of his troopers.
“I’m extremely proud of the work done by every trooper and officer involved in today’s investigation and tactical operation,” said McKeon. “My pride is outweighed only by my sorrow for the Tarentino family and the Auburn police, and my concern over our injured trooper.”
Tarentino, a member of the Tewksbury Memorial High School Class of 1991, was married and the father of three children. He had been an officer with the Auburn Police Department for two years, after having worked several years with the Leicester Police Department.
Zambrano had a lengthy criminal record, including numerous motor vehicle violations, as well as an arrest for assault and battery on a police officer from earlier this year.

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