AUBURN, MASS. (WHDH) - The man who shot and killed a police officer in Auburn was killed in a shootout hours later when police found where he was hiding.
Police said Jorge Zambrano fled after shooting Officer Ronald Tarentino several times early Sunday morning. Zambrano hid in an apartment in Oxford for hours as police and SWAT teams surrounded the building outside. For hours, a negotiator tried getting Zambrano to come out.
“What I heard was the overwhelming effort that the police made in attempting to get this man to surrender,” said Sandra Belanger, who lives across the street.
Police said Zambrano was found hiding in a closet and allegedly tried to unleash his pit bull on the officers. Police said Zambrano started shooting and police returned fire, killing him. A State trooper was wounded and taken to the hospital. He is expected to be OK.
John Klinkenberg said he lives in the building and was with Zambrano before officers moved in. He said he did not know what was going on but surrendered peacefully because he was afraid. He did not know what would happen to Zambrano.
“I didn’t know what he wanted, he might have wanted suicide by cop or something,” said Klikenberg.
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