Gunman Dead After Killing Police Officer, Shooting Trooper

The gunman who authorities say killed a police officer and injured a Massachusetts State Police trooper was fatally shot Sunday.

State and local police encountered 35-year-old Jorge Zambrano at 31 Watch Street in Oxford just after 6 p.m., according to state police.

According to state police, Zambrano shot and killed Auburn police officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. early Sunday morning.

"As [troopers] entered a bedroom, the closet door burst open," said Massachusetts State Police Col. Richard McKeon. "The suspect appeared from inside the closet and fired on the troopers, striking one of them." 

A trooper returned fire. Zambrano was shot and taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say Zambrano was known to law enforcement and has an extensive record. He was recently arrested on charges that went to Worcester Court.

Tarentino, 42, a husband and father of three, was shot around 12:30 a.m. on Rochdale Street in Auburn during a traffic stop. He was taken to UMass Medical Center in Worcester, where he was pronounced dead.

Tarentino's body was escorted into Boston by multiple police vehicles on Sunday morning, then back to Morin Funeral Home in Leicester. Tarentino had been with the Auburn Police Department for two years.

Officers line Albany Street in Boston as fallen Auburn police officer is escorted to the medical examiner’s office.

The injured trooper, who police say Zambrano shot in the left shoulder, is expected to survive. He was set to undergo surgery Sunday night at UMass. The trooper is an 18-year veteran of the department and a former Navy SEAL, according to Massachusetts State Police spokesperson Dave Procopio.

Six officers have been fatally shot in Massachusetts since 2000, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. It's the first fatal shooting of a police officer in Massachusetts since the death of MIT Officer Sean Collier in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings three years ago.

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