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Suspect In Cop Shooting Gets Killed By Police

A Massachusetts man who is believed to be responsible for shooting a police officer during a routine traffic stop was shot and killed by police after leading them on a manhunt.

Jorge Zambrano, 35, reportedly shot 42-year-old police officer Ronald Tarentino at around 12:30 a.m. on May 22 and then fled the scene, the Boston Globe reports.  The question of exactly why Zambrano opened fire on Tarentino is under investigation.

Some residents of the neighborhood where Tarentino was shot said they remembered a driver leaving after repeated gunshots.

"I heard rapid-fire gunshots and somebody yell, 'Get down!'" resident Phil Berthiaume told the Boston Globe. "One police car after another ... It was like bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, rapid fire, very loud."

Court records indicate a man with the same name, age and hometown as Zambrano had many driving violations, including one for which he was arrested a week before Tarentino was killed.  A person with the name Jorge Zambrano was arrested in April for assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license.

Police spent May 22 searching the town of Auburn for Zambrano, according to the New York Daily News.

The chase eventually ended in the nearby town of Oxford, where Zambrano was discovered hiding in a duplex. Using tear gas and police dogs to clear the building, authorities made their way inside while Zambrano reportedly tried to use a crawl space to move between units.

Finally, Zambrano emerged from a closet and opened fire on officers inside the duplex, shooting a trooper in the shoulder. Officers quickly returned fire and killed Zambrano.

Massachusetts State Police Colonel Richard McKeon said he was extremely proud of the investigation and operation to find Zambrano.  

He added, "My pride is outweighed only by my sorrow for the Tarentino family and the Auburn police, and my concern over our injured trooper."

Police and fire departments throughout Massachusetts offered condolences for Tarentino's death on Facebook and Twitter.  At a press conference, Auburn Police Chief Andrew Sluckis said Tarentino had lived by four ideals: integrity, hard work, courage and dedication to duty.

"We will honor Ronald by living up to the ideals that he himself lived," he said.

Sources: New York Daily News, Boston Globe / Photo credit: Facebook via New York Daily News

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