Who is Ronil Singh? California Police Officer Reportedly Killed by Undocumented Immigrant

Slain officer Ronil Singh Full Credit Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department

Slain officer Ronil Singh Full Credit Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department

Singh was the first officer with the Newman Police Department to die in the line of duty, Chief Randy Richardson said.

Erik Razo Quiroz. Gustavo Perez Arriaga, the man accused of killing a California police officer who pulled him over to investigate if he was driving drunk, was captured on December 28, 2018.

The suspect was an illegal immigrant from Mexico who has claimed to be involved with a criminal gang called the Sureños, Christianson said. Arriaga is suspected to have shot the officer within minutes after being pulled over.

"We had them in custody [Thursday] and asked for their cooperation and they lied to us", Christianson said during a news conference Friday afternoon.

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As of Saturday, eight total suspects have been arrested in connection to Singh's death, including Arriaga's girlfriend and brother.

Singh's K-9 partner was also with the family at the vigil.

He says Perez Arriaga's brother and co-worker also have been arrested for misleading investigators.

A suspect identified from convenience store video before the killing, remains at large and is considered armed and unsafe.

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Christianson described Arriaga on Friday as an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, who crossed over the border into Arizona several years ago.

Christianson said Arriaga was en route to Mexico.

The shooting on Wednesday came amid a political fight over immigration, with President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats at odds over funding for a border wall that has forced a partial government shutdown.

Gustavo Perez Arriaga, an illegal alien living in California, was arrested on Friday after he allegedly shot and killed Singh - a legal immigrant from Fiji - during a routine traffic stop on December 26. Jerry Brown says the law permits sharing information on unsafe gang members with federal authorities. "That's what we need to get back to, is community, that small town feeling, and let it grow". Both men also were in the country illegally, he said.

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Suspect Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 32 - an alleged Sureño gang member - has been transferred to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.

"When you tie our hands and don't allow us to work with our federal partners and communicate with our federal partners about people who commit crimes and who are in this country illegally, we're going to have incidents like this, not just on police officers, but on the public that we serve and protect", he said.

The Newman Police Department has announced plans are underway to hold Corporal Singh's funeral on 5th January. He is survived by his wife, Anamika, and a 5-month-old son.

He was a reserve officer for the Merced County Sheriff and worked as an animal control officer in Turlock before he joined the Newman force.

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