Officer Ronald Tarentino was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop in Auburn, Massachusetts early Sunday morning.
Tarentino was shot several times in the chest at point blank range. The suspect fled in his vehicle.
It is now known that the suspected murderer was Jorge Zambrano, 35, of Worcester, MA.
After a massive manhunt, “State police converged around a duplex along Watch Street in Oxford Sunday afternoon after learning Zambrano was inside one of the units” according to WCVD 5 in Boston.
Officers conducted a search of the apartment where Zambrano had supposedly holed up. The officers found nothing. After a further search, they discovered a passageway that led to an adjacent apartment.
When the officers entered a bedroom in the second apartment, Zambrano burst out from a closet and opened fire. A Massachusetts’ state trooper who is a former Navy SEAL was hit.
According to State Police Colonel Richard McKeon “The STOP (State Police Special Tactical Operations) team returned fire and struck the suspect.” Zambrano was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Zambrano had a long criminal history, according to Heavy.com.
In 2011, Zambrano was sentenced to hard time for trafficking cocaine, using a silenced firearm, and for assault and battery on a police officer according to court records obtained by Telegram.com, a Worcester, MA. news site.
His 2011 court records read as follows:
Jorge Zambrano, 31, of the Worcester County Jail and House of Correction, West Boylston, was sentenced to two concurrent terms of 7 years to 7 years and a day after pleading guilty to trafficking in cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute (subsequent offense). He was sentenced to four concurrent terms of 6 years to 6 years and a day in Walpole state prison after pleading guilty to trafficking in cocaine, distribution of cocaine, and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He was sentenced to a concurrent term of 4 to 5 years in Walpole state prison after pleading guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon. He was sentenced to five concurrent terms of 2-1/2 years in the House of Correction after pleading guilty to two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, two counts of resisting arrest, and selling, using, or possessing a firearm silencer. A charge of distribution of a class B substance was dismissed.
We suspect that with Zambrano being convicted of trafficking cocaine, using a silencer, and assaulting a police officer, amongst other crimes, and the brutality involved in his killing of a Massachusetts’ police officer, and shooting a former Navy SEAL, that he is most likely involved in a criminal Latino gang, or connected to a Mexican drug cartel.
It’s unknown if Zambrano was related to Antonio Zambrano who was raised in Michoacan, Mexico, but came to the U.S. illegally. Antonio had 15 brothers and sisters.
Michoacan is home to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). In March of 2016 DEA agent Russ Baer told the Daily Beast that CJNG is “one of the most powerful [cartels] in Mexico” that also “operate[s] cells within the U.S.”
The CJNG is well known for its attacks on police & the Mexican army.
In 2015, Antonio Zambrano was shot and killed by police in Pasco, Washington after throwing rocks at them. Toxicology tests revealed he was under the influence of methamphetamine.
He had previous run-ins with the law. Antonio was arrested for assaulting a police officer and trying to take his gun in 2014.
We are currently looking for evidence that Jorge Zambrano was related to Antonio, and what his immigration status was prior to his death. Massachusetts has several sanctuary cities, including the capital city of Boston.
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According to the Associated Press, Mexican cartels are operating across America, and are growing in influence.