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Suspected Massachusetts Cop Killer Dead, Trooper Wounded

May 23, 2016  | 

Suspect Jorge Zambrano
Suspect Jorge Zambrano

An Auburn, MA, police officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop early Sunday, setting off a massive daylong manhunt that ended in an explosion of gunfire when the suspect burst from a bedroom closet, opened fire, and was fatally shot by police, reports the Boston Globe.

Jorge Zambrano, 35, of Worcester, was killed by police about 18 hours after he fatally shot Ronald Tarentino, a 42-year-old police officer and father of three, authorities said.

Officer Roland Tarantino was shot and killed during a traffic stop Sunday. (Photo: Auburn PD)
Officer Roland Tarantino was shot and killed during a traffic stop Sunday. (Photo: Auburn PD)

Zambrano had holed up in a duplex in nearby Oxford. In an exchange of gunfire with police, he shot an 18-year veteran of the State Police force in the shoulder. The wounded trooper, whose injuries were non-life-threatening, was transferred to UMass Memorial Medical Center.

Zambrano, who authorities said had an extensive criminal history and had spent time in state prison, was taken to the same hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"The threat he posed to our community is now over," said Auburn Police Chief Andrew Sluckis. Sluckis detailed the manhunt and shootings at a Sunday evening press conference.


Massachusetts Officer Shot, Killed at Traffic Stop

Comments (3)

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Bob peterson @ 5/23/2016 6:15 PM

It's sad that an officer dies and it's usually a pos that does it. Probably suspect was released early from prison. These criminals need to serve their whole sentences. God be with officers family.

FrankD @ 5/23/2016 7:19 PM

Another scumbag dead!

John retired IA PD @ 5/23/2016 8:10 PM

Rest in peace officer Tarantino. And to the State Police officer, get well soon. I wonder how long these criminals would be sitting in jail if judges had to make the arrest of these individuals.

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