Shooting suspect in death of Mass. officer killed in exchange of gunfire

Officials say the suspect opened fire on the officers inside an apartment in Oxford

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AUBURN, Mass. (AP) – The suspect in the fatal shooting of a Massachusetts police officer is dead after an exchange of gunfire with authorities.

The Worcester County district attorney says the man, identified as 35-year-old Jorge Zambrano, burst out of a closet and opened fire on the officers as they approached him inside an apartment in the small town of Oxford. Zambrano, who authorities say had a criminal history, was taken to a hospital, where he died.

A Massachusetts State trooper, also wounded, was hospitalized but was up and walking later in the evening. The name of the 18-year veteran and former Navy Seal hasn’t been released.

The manhunt began after Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino was fatally shot during a traffic stop early Sunday. Auburn is about 45 miles southwest of Boston.

The 42-year-old Tarentino had been with the Auburn police force for two years and before that worked with the Leicester Police Department in his hometown. Tarentino is survived by a wife and three children.

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