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Manhunt Underway After Massachusetts Police Officer Shot Dead

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A Massachusetts police officer was shot dead during a traffic stop early Sunday, prompting a statewide manhunt for the shooter, authorities said.

Police said Ronald Tarentino, a 42-year-old Auburn police officer, was gunned down about 12:30 a.m. and died later at the UMass Memorial Medical Center, according to the Boston Globe.

Tarentino, who joined the police department three years ago, leaves behind a wife and three children, Auburn Police Chief Andrew Sluckis said during a news conference. “The residents of Auburn have lost a dedicated public servant,” he said. “We will leave no stone unturned to determine who murdered Officer Tarentino.”

The 35-year-old suspect, Jorge Zambrano, was shot dead about 6 p.m. inside an Oxford apartment after exchanging gunfire with police and wounding a veteran state trooper, District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said in a statement.

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