Man Who Fatally Shot Father-of-3 Officer During Traffic Stop Is Later Killed in Police Standoff

Am 18-hour manhunt for a man who fatally shot a Massachusetts police officer during a traffic stop early Sunday morning ended later that evening when the gunman was killed during a shootout with police, PEOPLE confirms.

According to a statement by the Worcester County District Attorney’s office, the shooter, 35-year-old Jorge Zambrano, of Worcester, was killed during a confrontation with officers in an Oxford apartment after wounding one of the officers involved.

ABC News reports that Zambrano burst out of a bedroom closet and began firing at officers after they tracked him to the apartment, which was about seven miles from the scene of the initial shooting

Zambrano was pronounced dead at a hospital, officials said.

Zambrano, who police say had a criminal history, killed Officer Ronald Tarentino during a traffic stop at about 12:30 a.m. in Auburn, the D.A.’s office announced in the statement on Sunday.

Tarentino, a 42-year-old father of three, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead while Zambrano fled the scene.

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Ronald Tarentino


Police later tracked Zambrano to the Oxford apartment and spotted what they said they believed to be his car parked near the building, the AP reports. Police cleared the apartment using tear gas after entering through an opening in the cellar of the home, the AP reports.

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People are dropping off flowers outside @AuburnMAPolice in memory of slain Officer Ronald Tarentino.

— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) May 22, 2016

Authorities have not released the name of the injured trooper, but said the officer is an 18-year Massachusetts State Police veteran and a former Navy SEAL.

The trooper was taken to a hospital with a wounded left shoulder and was expected to undergo surgery Sunday night, according to the AP.

“I’m extremely proud of the work done by every trooper and officer involved in today’s investigation and tactical operation,” State Police Colonel Richard McKeon said at a news conference.

He added, “My pride is outweighed only by my sorrow for the Tarentino family and the Auburn police, and my concern over our injured trooper.”

Tarentino, who leaves behind a wife along with his three children, had been with the Auburn Police Department for two years after transferring from the Leicester Police Department, the D.A.’s office said in the statement.

A small shrine was set up for the slain officer outside the Auburn police station where people placed flowers and miniature U.S. flags.

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