Editorial: Our debt to Officer Tarentino

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About 12:30 a.m. Sunday on Rochdale Street in Auburn, police officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. pulled over a white Infiniti SUV.

It was a fateful and fatal encounter.

Jorge A. Zambrano, a 35-year-old with a lengthy criminal history, is alleged to have shot Officer Tarentino and fled. The 42-year-old husband and father of three died at UMass-Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

Eighteen hours later, after a standoff at 31-33 Watch St., Oxford, Zambrano was killed by police after an exchange of gunfire left a state trooper injured.

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