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The Latest: Neighbors of police officer mourn his death

  • Police guard the scene on Rochdale Street near Zabelle Ave where an Auburn Police officer was shot Sunday morning May 22, 2016, in Auburn, Mass. Massachusetts State Police say in a statement that an Auburn police officer was shot at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Auburn is about 45 miles southwest of Boston. Officials say the officer was transported to a hospital. The identity and medical condition of officer were not immediately available. The shooting is under investigation. (Rick Cinclair/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Police guard the scene on Rochdale Street near Zabelle Ave where an Auburn Police officer was shot Sunday morning May 22, 2016, in Auburn, Mass. Massachusetts State Police say in a statement that an Auburn police officer was shot at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Auburn is about 45 miles southwest of Boston. Officials say the officer was transported to a hospital. The identity and medical condition of officer were not immediately available. The shooting is under investigation. (Rick Cinclair/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Massachusetts State Police divers search Stoneville Pond near the site where Auburn police Officer Ronald Tarentino was fatally shot during a traffic stop in Auburn, Mass., Sunday, May 22, 2016. A suspect is on the loose, authorities said. (Rick Cinclair/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Massachusetts State Police divers search Stoneville Pond near the site where Auburn police Officer Ronald Tarentino was fatally shot during a traffic stop in Auburn, Mass., Sunday, May 22, 2016. A suspect is on the loose, authorities said. (Rick Cinclair/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • A Massachusetts State Police diver uses a metal detector to search Stoneville Pond near the site where Auburn police Officer Ronald Tarentino was fatally shot during a traffic stop in Auburn, Mass., Sunday, May 22, 2016. A suspect is on the loose, authorities said. (Rick Cinclair/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    A Massachusetts State Police diver uses a metal detector to search Stoneville Pond near the site where Auburn police Officer Ronald Tarentino was fatally shot during a traffic stop in Auburn, Mass., Sunday, May 22, 2016. A suspect is on the loose, authorities said. (Rick Cinclair/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on a police officer that was shot and killed in a Massachusetts town (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

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.

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12:20 p.m.

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.