AUBURN, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on a police officer that was shot and killed in a Massachusetts town (all times local):
Neighbors of a Massachusetts police officer who was fatally shot during a traffic stop are mourning his death.
Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino was shot around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Residents in Tarentino’s Leicester neighborhood remember him as a pleasant family man.
Phillip Stanikmas told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette that Tarentino kept an eye out for his 91-year-old mother when she was home alone. Stanikmas said he was “distraught” when Tarentino left the Leicester Police Department three years ago to join Auburn because he was a “great guy.”
Next-door neighbor Vin Dagostino called Tarentino a “super nice guy with a super nice family.”
The 42-year-old Tarentino leaves behind a wife and three children.
Police are still searching for a suspect.
Authorities say a police officer has died hours after being shot during a traffic stop in a central Massachusetts town, and a suspect is on the loose.
Auburn Police Chief Andrew Sluckis says Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino was shot and killed early Sunday.
Sluckis said the 42-year-old Tarentino was shot at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday in Auburn, about 45 miles southwest of Boston.
The officer was transported to UMass Medical Center where he later died.
The shooting is under investigation.
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