Suspect arrested in shooting death of California officer

Suspect arrested in shooting death of California officer

Suspect arrested in shooting death of California officer

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said Thursday that the suspect was in the country illegally. Singh joined the force in 2011 and was one of just 12 members of the Newman Police Department.

Following the capture of his brother's killer, Reggie Singh managed to share a few words at a press conference before breaking down in tears.

"Great News.The fugitive wanted in connection with murder of Newman, CA Police Officer Ronil Singh has been arrested early this morning in Bakersfield", wrote Howze. He also noted that the suspect had been in the country for a number of years and was seeking to cross back into Mexico before the shooting occurred.

The shooter, later identified as 32-year-old Gustavo Perez Arriaga, was arrested in Kern County.

California's sanctuary law limits cooperation between local authorities and USA immigration officials and has drawn scorn from the Trump administration. He also said that Arriaga was a Sureno gang member and has several aliases and social media accounts.

A statewide search is underway in California for a man suspected of killing a police officer. He also had two prior arrests for driving while intoxicated, Christianson said.

"Deputy Singh came to this country to be a police officer and was loved by all", said Turlock Mayor Amy Bublak, who lives nearby and used to be a police officer.

"While we absolutely need to stay focused on Officer Singh's service and sacrifice, we can't ignore the fact that this could've been preventable", Christianson said, noting how Arriaga had several run-ins with police - which couldn't be reported to ICE on account of California's sanctuary law.


The president is in the midst of a political showdown over immigration with congressional Democrats who are at odds over funding for a border wall that has forced a partial government shutdown.

Perez Arriaga is accused of killing Cpl. Ronil Singh in a tweet Thursday that ended with the demand: "Build the wall!"

Christianson explained that Arriaga illegally crossed the border into Arizona "some time ago".

"This is a man that I saw every day he worked".

"Officer Singh's handcuffs were brought down, and they're on that guy for his trip home", Youngblood said. It includes more than 800 exceptions for violent crimes and felonies and bars police from asking people about their citizenship status.

KCSO will be holding their press conference at KCSO Headquarters on Norris Road in Oildale at 1 p.m. KCSO told 23ABC that the press conference will be "significant".

"He's not coming back but there's a lot of people out there that misses him", he said.

English was Singh's third language and he had a thick accent but took speech classes to improve his communication, the chief said.

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