SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Police across the Commonwealth are mourning the loss of a fellow brother, killed in the line of duty.
35 Police officer have been killed in the line duty in the U.S and Auburn police officer Ronald Tarentino Junior now makes 36.
A police officer told 22News, “It’s a dangerous job.”
12:30AM, Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino was killed when a routine traffic stop turned deadly. Allegedly shot and killed by 35-year old Jorge Zambrano who sped away. A man hunt begins.
Shirley Mullen of Springfield told 22News, “That’s the worst thing they can do is kill an officer.”
6PM, Zambrano’s car is found parked behind an apartment in Oxford. Police enter and shots are fired. Zambrano is killed and a state police trooper was shot and injured.
A Springfield police officer told 22News, danger is part of the job.
Officer Juan Taveras, of the Springfield Police Department told 22News, “We always try to take precaution. It’s a dangerous job and we know it every day, especially when we put on the uniform.”
During a press conference Sunday in Auburn, law enforcement expressed their deepest sympathy to both officers’ families.
“We expressly want to express our heartfelt sympathies to the Tarentino family and the trooper who was shot.”
Springfield Police recently held a fundraiser for their annual ride to remember — to honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Each fallen officer’s name is added to a memorial.
Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney told 22News he found out about officer Tarentino’s death after the fundraiser.
“Last night was a great night. The public came out in support of their local police departments in Massachusetts and around Springfield. We’re going to add another one to the monument next year. It’s really, really sad,” said Sergeant John Delaney.
So far this year, two officers have been killed in Massachusetts.