Auburn Police slaying suspect dies after shootout; trooper wounded

The suspect in the killing of a 42-year-old Auburn, Massachusetts police officer was shot and killed Sunday evening during a shootout at a home, just miles from the initial incident, officials said.

A manhunt began after Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino was fatally shot during a traffic stop about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. 

The suspect, who was identified as 35-year-old Jorge Zambrano, had been found at a residence not far from where the incident began.

Officers had found the suspect inside the building and attempted to negotiate with him to surrender but were unsuccessful.

The apartment where the suspect was found was initially cleared by police, but upon finding an opening in the cellar of the home, a state police Special Tactical Operations Team entered the building, officials said.

Officers encountered Zambrano on the second floor of the building after he burst out of a closet, shooting and wounding the trooper. An officer returned fire, fatally shooting Zambrano, Massachusetts State Police Colonel Richard McKeon said.

The injured trooper, an 18-year veteran of the Massachusetts State Police and a former Navy SEAL, was able to walk as he was taken to UMass Lake Side Hospital.

Officials declined to release the trooper’s name, but said he is expected to survive.

See original Story: Auburn, Mass. Officer Shot during traffic stop. Suspect still sought

 

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