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Suspect in Auburn police shooting dead, Mass State Police Officer wounded

fficer Ronald Tarentino, Jr. of the Auburn Massachusetts Police Department was shot and fatally wounded on May 22, 2016 during a routine traffic stop. Photo Courtesy Massachusetts State Police/Facebook

Officer Ronald Tarentino, Jr. of the Auburn, Massachusetts Police Department was shot and fatally wounded on May 22, 2016 during a routine traffic stop. Photo Courtesy Massachusetts State Police/Facebook

Police apprehended and fatally wounded the suspect in the death of an Auburn police officer on Sunday. The Massachusetts State Police Special Tactical Operations Teams (STOP) located suspect, Jorge Zambrano, at a home on Watch Street in Oxford late Sunday afternoon. The suspect who fired upon police was fatally wounded, but not before he wounded a member of the STOP team.

“I am happy to say that the trooper was ambulatory after he was hit. He is an 18-year MSP veteran and a former Navy Seal.” – Colonel Richard McKeon, Massachusetts State Police

Zambrano was suspected of shooting Auburn police officer Ronald Tarantino, Jr. early Sunday morning while Tarantino was conducting a traffic stop. Tarantino approached the stopped vehicle and was fired upon. Reports said that the officer was struck multiple times and transported to UMASS Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds. Tarantino had served the Town of Auburn for two years, having transferred to the department from the Leicester Police Department.

Zambrano, previously known to law enforcement, was located at the residential duplex in Oxford through the efforts of multiple police departments and law enforcement agencies. According to Colonel Richard McKeon of the Massachusetts State Police (MSP), troopers cleared the residence at 31 Watch Street, proceeding to the second and adjoining unit at number 33 after locating an opening in the basement allowing for passage. The suspect was hiding on the second floor of number 33.

“As they entered a bedroom, a closet door burst open,” McKeon said at a press conference on Sunday evening. “The suspect appeared from inside the closet and fired on the troopers, striking one of them. The STOP Team returned fire and struck the suspect inflicting life threatening injuries.” The suspect and wounded trooper were transported to UMASS Lakeside Hospital, Worcester where the Zambrano was pronounced dead.

“I am happy to say the trooper was ambulatory after he was hit,” McKeon said. “He is an 18-year MSP veteran and former Navy Seal.” The name of the trooper was not released.

Law enforcement agencies and residents across the state gathered to honor their fallen comrade, lining streets in salute as he was transported to Boston and then on to the Morin Funeral Home in Leicester.

This post originally appeared on Examiner.com on May 22, 2016.

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