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Read about suspect Jorge Zambrano’s criminal background here.
Today has been the most intense day in the history of Worcester County. It was our Watertown as the police tracked down cop killer Jorge Zambrano. At 5:45 we were received word via the scanner that the suspect was dead. This turned out to be false. Luckily 30 minutes later at 6:15 we received word from multiple police officers that the suspect was dead. Unfortunately we also received word that he shot a state trooper in the process. However, the trooper was able to walk to the stretcher and reports indicate that the wounds are not life threatening.
It was revealed in the early afternoon that Jorge Zambrano was holed up in a house in the Rochdale section of Leicester, on the Oxford town line, only a few miles from where Auburn Police Officer and father Ron Tarentino Jr. was murdered in cold blood. Before we go any further we would like to express our sincerest condolences to his family and to the Auburn Police Department. This must feel like a nightmare.
As you can see from the traffic map of the area, the police set up a perimeter around Watch Street, in Rochdale. We don’t know if he lived there, but that’s where they found him.
The people of Rochdale have been stuck in their homes all day and many of them have been sending us pictures and videos from the standoff. We’ve been getting conflicting reports all day long about whether or not the suspect is alive. It’s been an insane roller coaster ride. The most credible version of events comes from a neighbor who lives directly lives directly across the street from the house where Jorge Zambrano is holed up. Here’s a video of the state police telling them they’ll call him “Jor-hay” or “Jorge” or whatever he wants. He also makes reference to “another guy in the house” who heard him.
Then there’s this video where the negotiator tells him that they’re not there by accident and assures him that he will be treated OK if he surrenders. Notice the windows are all broken. Witnesses say that tear gas was shot inside the house and people suspect he could be in the basement.
Then there’s this video where the negotiator calls him “dude,” and mentions that Jorge has called his twin brother during this standoff on the phone. He urges Jorge to “think about him,” so he can tell his side of the story.
This one is pretty intense. The negotiator tells him to think about his daughter, mother, and brother, whom he names. He even mentions the brother trying to get to Leicester from 1,000 miles away.
Finally there was this video where the negotiator tells him that he “thinks you’re hidden really nice, but you’re not,” as police clearly are narrowing in on the basement. He makes repeated mention to the fact that the “dog’s in the house,” and that the “dog will find you.”
We’ll have a lot more on this as we go along. There will be lots more to talk about as this as more information comes along. In the meantime, here’s some more stuff we got from turtle riders as events unfolded today:
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