Manhunt in police officer's slaying comes to violent end

Tarentino had been with the department for two years.

The wake for Tarentino will be held Thursday, May 26 from 2 7 St. Joseph's Church, 10 H Putnam Rd., Charlton.

So far this year, 38 police officers have died in the line of duty, 19 by gunfire, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page Inc., a non-profit organization that honors "fallen law enforcement heroes".

State officials said Zambrano had been released from the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley on November 1, 2013, after serving a seven-year sentence on charges including cocaine trafficking, two counts of assault and battery on a police officer and two counts of resisting arrest. Searchers later determined he crawled along an internal passageway into 33 Watch St. through a hole in the cellar wall of No. 31 that Procopio said was "roughly the size of a pizza box". The suspect appeared from inside of the closet, fired on troopers, striking one of them.

On Sunday evening, not long after 6 p.m., officers confronted Zambrano in an apartment in Oxford, Mass. Authorities say a brief exchange of gunfire in the second-floor bedroom ended with Zambrano dead and an unidentified trooper shot in the shoulder and taken to a hospital. Zambrano was killed in the standoff. In April, he was charged with assault and battery of a police officer, resisting arrest, and driving with a suspended license, according to court documents. The man suspected of killing Tarentino during a weekend traffic stop had a lengthy criminal record and had been released from a maximum-security prison in 2013, officials said Monday.

A trooper returned fire.

State Police said they would not identify the trooper who was hurt because it is State Police policy not to release the names of "STOP team operators".

Tarentino was shot during a traffic stop in Auburn early Sunday morning.

Tarentino's body was escorted into Boston by multiple police vehicles on Sunday morning, then back to Morin Funeral Home in Leicester. Tarentino had been with the Auburn Police Department for two years.

In the meantime, well wishes and expressions of sorrow continue to pour out, including one from new Worcester Police Chief Steve Sargent, who posted this message to Facebook: "We would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the Auburn Police Officer shot and killed in the line of duty [Sunday] morning". At the same time a year ago, 14 officers had been shot and killed, according to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.

Leicester Police Chief James Hurley said Tarentino was a dedicated officer with a constant smile and an infectious laugh whose father served as a police officer in Medford for more than 30 years.

Outside the Auburn police station, the American flag was lowered to half-staff.

During the hours that followed, a number of law enforcement agencies - including local police forces, the state police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation - began to search for the suspect. Officials said they expected him to make a full recovery.

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