According to Massachusetts media outlets, a manhunt is underway for a male Hispanic who is believed to have shot dead a Massachusetts police officer during a traffic stop early Sunday morning.
Jorge Zambrano, 35, of Worcester, is wanted in the death of Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr., 42.
Zambrano has a long list of crimes to his name. A few years ago he pleaded guilty to several charges, including trafficking in cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, distribution of cocaine, two counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, two counts of resisting arrest, and selling, using or possessing a firearm silence. He was sentenced to serve 7 years in prison. It is not clear when he was released.
Zambrano was in court just four days before the shooting of Tarentino on charges related to a traffic stop, according to courthouse records.
He was charged with driving with a suspended license, driving an unregistered vehicle and a license plate violation to conceal ID, according to records.
His case was continued to June 9 and he was released from custody.
Zambrano was also arrested in April and charged with assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and driving with suspended license. The case was “continued without a finding for 1 year,” and he was “ordered to pay $100 victim witness fee.”
Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. transferred to the Auburn Police Department two years ago from the Leicester Police Department. He is survived by his wife and three children, police said.
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