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Police officer killed in Massachusetts, manhunt launched for gunman

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A Massachusetts police officer has died after a being shot early Sunday morning and a manhunt is underway for the gunman, the Auburn Police Department confirmed.

A law enforcement official has confirmed the identity of the suspect as Jorge Zambrano. 

The shooting took place around 12:30 a.m. on Rochdale Street in Auburn during a motor vehicle stop.

Officer Ronald Tarentino, 42, a husband and father of three, was taken to UMass Medical Center in Worcester, where he was pronounced dead. His body was escorted into Boston by multiple police vehicles on Sunday morning.

Sources tell Necn Zambrano is known to law enforcement and has an extensive record. He was recently arrested on charges that went to Worcester Court.

A procession of police officers was seen leaving UMass Memorial. 

Tarentino had been with the Auburn Police Department for two years.

Six officers have been fatally shot in Massachusetts since 2000, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. It's the first fatal shooting of a police officer in Massachusetts since the death of MIT Officer Sean Collier in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings three years ago.

NECN contributed to this story. 

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