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Man who police say shot Auburn officer had extensive criminal record

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AUBURN, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino, who many fondly called Ronny, was fatally shot after pulling someone over early Sunday morning. 

Tonight, we're learning tonight the suspect was stopped by police just last week and has nearly 80 hits on his criminal record. 

After going through pages of paperwork, we learned the suspect - Jorge Zambrano - was well-known to police. 

Those we spoke with in Auburn said that that's been the hardest part.  They wish something was done before any of this happened. 

"He was a great guy, he was a great father, he did everything for his kids," said John Peduzzi.

It's a call Peduzzi never expected to get and one that's haunted him from the moment he picked up the phone. 
Someone who always felt more like family had been killed in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

"I always told him be careful and he said don't worry buddy. You just can't understand it," Peduzzi explained.

His best friend, neighbor, and fellow Mustang enthusiast - Officer Ronald Tarentino - was fatally shot by the man police said he pulled over just minutes before. 

Officer Tarentino stopped 35-year-old Jorge Zambrano on a quiet, residential street in Auburn.  It was then when gun-shots rang out. 

Zambrano fled the area and led law enforcement on an hours-long manhunt on Sunday, ultimately ending at an apartment in Oxford where he too was shot and killed after firing at a mass state police trooper. 

Western Mass News has learned that Zambrano has 76 hits on his criminal record and had two pending court cases against him. 

Zambrano was stopped just last week for driving with a suspended license and was charged with assaulting a police officer earlier this year. 

Tarentino's community, fellow officers, and close friends said that this officer was destined to do great things and he'll always be remembered for his sense of humor, infectious laugh, and unyielding love for those around him. 

"Ron was more than just a cop.  It's going to have a huge impact on this community," said Leicester Police Sgt. Paul Doray.

The Auburn Police Department has released Officer Tarentino's funeral arrangements.

Tarentino's wake will be on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church in Charlton. 

A funeral will be on Friday at 11 a.m. also at the church. 

Tarentino will be buried at Greenville Baptist Church Cemetery in Leicester. 

T-shirts are now being sold in honor of Officer Tarentino.  The money raised will go to his memorial fund. 

More information on those shirts can be found by clicking here.

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