Massachusetts Cop Killing Suspect Fatally Shot After Standoff

WCVB-TV(AUBURN, Mass.) -- The suspect in the killing of a 42-year-old Massachusetts police officer was shot and killed Sunday evening during a shootout at a home just miles from the initial incident, officials said.

A state trooper was also wounded in the exchange of gunfire with the suspect, who was identified as 35-year-old Jorge Zambrano, who officials said had an extensive criminal history.

Auburn police officer Ronald Tarentino leaves behind his wife and children after he was fatally shot during a traffic stop around 12:30 a.m. in Auburn, about 50 miles west of Boston, police said.

The shooter fled the scene, and he was eventually located at a duplex in Oxford, Massachusetts, police said.

Police surrounded the home, which was less than 5 miles from the shooting scene this afternoon, and though police would not say what was going on, ABC News reporters on the scene heard officers apparently negotiating with someone inside the house, trying to convince them to come out.

The apartment where the suspect was found was initially cleared by police, but upon finding an opening in the cellar of the home, a state police Special Tactical Operations Team entered the building, officials said.

Officers encountered Zambrano on the second floor of the building after he burst out of a closet, shooting and wounding the trooper. An officer returned fire, fatally shooting Zambrano, Massachusetts State Police Colonel Richard McKeon said.

The injured trooper, an 18-year veteran of the Massachusetts State Police and a former Navy SEAL, was able to walk as he was taken to UMass Lake Side Hospital.

Officials declined to release the trooper's name, but said he is expected to survive.

Auburn Police Chief Andrew Sluckis called the killing of Tarentino a "tragic loss," describing him as a "dedicated and brave public servant."

"Officer Tarentino worked here for two years and there's not a member of this department that didn't embrace him and like him," Sluckis said this evening. "He got along with everybody. He was somebody that was always smiling."

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early said the investigation into Tarentino's murder is ongoing, even though the suspect is dead.

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Officials break ground on new park honoring the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing

Officials break ground on new park honoring the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombingSeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Officials broke ground in Boston Wednesday for a new park dedicated to Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Martin was 8 years old when he killed on April 15, 2013, as he watched the marathon from near the finish line with his family. His mother was gravely injured, and his sister, who was 7 at the time,
lost a leg.

Photos from Wednesday's ceremonial groundbreaking show children in hard hats using shovels to dig dirt. Martin's Park, located next to the Boston Children's Museum at the Smith Family Waterfront,
is expected to open in the fall of 2018, according to a press release from the office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

"This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids," Baker wrote on Twitter.

#MartinRichard lost his life to terror. This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids.

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) August 16, 2017

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wrote on Twitter that the park will remind its visitors of "hope, compassion & love."

"Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park," Walsh wrote.

This park reminds us of hope, compassion & love a young boy taught us all. Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park.

— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) August 16, 2017

Both Baker and Walsh spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony, as well as Martin's family.

Martin's sister, Jane Richard, said she knows that her brother is happy that the community is coming together.

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