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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