Police murder suspect shot and killed in shootout

State Police used tear gas and police dogs and then entered the apartment.

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

AUBURN, Mass. (WWLP) – The man who police say shot and killed Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino has been killed after a shootout with police.

Around 6PM Sunday, officers found a vehicle matching the description of the one they were looking for parked in back of an apartment in Oxford.

State Police used tear gas and police dogs and then entered the apartment.

They entered a bedroom and that’s when the suspect, 35 year old Jorge Zombrano, of Worcester burst out of the closet and shot a state police trooper in the shoulder.

Police returned fire, hitting and killing Zombrano. Officials say Zombrano had an extensive criminal history.

The injured state police trooper was taken to a hospital in Worcester. He was shot in the left shoulder and came out of surgery late Sunday night. He remains hospitalized. His name is not being given out.

It’s not clear why Zombrano chose to hide out in the apartment.

It was the culmination of a full day of police investigating which began at 12:30AM when 42 year old Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino was conducting a routine traffic stop.

Police say Zombrano shot and killed Tarentino, and sped off. Officer Tarentino is survived by his wife and three children.

Police say they are confident that the community of Auburn is safe and that the threat has been eliminated.

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