The Massachusetts state trooper who was injured in a gun battle with a man who shot and killed Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino is speaking out for the first time.
Trooper AJ Kardoos addressed the media Monday afternoon after being nearly killed in the May shootout with Jorge Zambrano in Oxford.
Zambrano was hiding in a closed in a bedroom of an apartment when he was located by the state police's special tactical operations team.
Kardoos was shot, and required surgery.
He says he's just looking to get back to work.
"I knew I was shot. I'm not going to lie, it was a lot of pain. I knew what was happening," he said.
Trooper Kardoos is an 11-year veteran of the Massachusetts State Police force and a former Navy SEAL.