Massachusetts officer dead following shooting; suspect killed in standoff

The suspect was able to escape in his car

Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino (Photo Courtesy: Massachusetts State Police)

AUBURN, Mass. (WWLP) – UPDATE: Auburn Police have confirmed that suspect is dead in shootout. Stay with 22News on air and online for the latest update.

Western Massachusetts police departments are mourning the death of a fellow officer, who was shot and killed in in the Worcester County town of Auburn.

Officer Ronald Tarentino, a 42-year-old father of three, was shot about 12:30 Sunday morning during a traffic stop.

The suspect was able to escape in his car, and has still not been captured.

Officer Tarentino was rushed to UMass Medical Center in Worcester, but it was too late to save his life. The Auburn Police Chief gave a brief statement Sunday and said their top priority it to track down his killer.

Auburn Police Chief Andrew Sluckis said, “We will leave no stone unturned in our investigation to determine who was responsible for Officer Tarentino’s murder. Every investigative avenue is being pursued fully and completely.”

Local and state police are working with the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office and the FBI to figure out what happened.

Many western Massachusetts police departments are offering condolences on their social media pages.

On 22News at 10 and 11 you’ll hear from western Massachusetts Police Officers about how it affects them to lose a fellow officer, even though they may not have known each other or worked together.

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