Police arrest man suspected of killing California officer after 3-day manhunt

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

His spokesman said on Friday that if the suspect was a known gang member, police could have provided that information to federal authorities. 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.

A still photo taken from surveillance video of an unidentified alleged gunman involved in the shooting death of 33-year-old police officer Ronil Singh, in Newman, California, US, Dec 26, 2018.

Former NYPD officer Dan Bongino blasted US immigration policies after a police officer in California was fatally shot by an alleged illegal immigrant fugitive. Singh had a newborn son and joined the 12-officer Newman police force in 2011.

Christianson called for stricter laws at a news conference Friday as Singh's brother wept beside him.

"Please remember the man", Richardson also said.

Arriaga is accused of shooting to death Newman police corporal Sonil Singh after Singh pulled him over on suspicion of driving under the influence.

As he spoke, Reggie Singh, younger brother of Cpl.

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"I want to thank you for working day and night to make this happen", he said. He didn't say when that happened but that he has been in the US for several years. Singh. Police said Virgen was arrested in Hanford, Calif. and Quiroz was arrested in Modesto, Calif.

He said they were trying to protect Arriaga, who was trying to go to Mexico. He said both men also were in the country illegally.

Authorities have arrested seven other people, including Perez Arriaga's brothers, 25-year-old Adrian Virgen and 34-year-old Conrado Virgen Mendoza; his girlfriend, 30-year-old Ana Leyde Cervantes; and a co-worker, 27-year-old Erik Razo Quiroz, authorities said.

The suspect accused of killing Singh has been identified as 32-year-old Guastavo Perez Arriaga. Cervantes was arrested in Turlock and Mendoza in Livermore.

A special effort was made to ensure that Singh's handcuffs were used to restrain Arriaga. They located the vehicle that had been seen at the scene of the shooting.

At the news conference Friday, Christianson had strong words about immigration and border security. "And under SB54 in California, based on two arrests for DUI and some other active warrants that this criminal has out there, law enforcement would've been prevented, prohibited from sharing any information with ICE about this criminal gang member".

There are limited exceptions to SB 54 for people convicted - not just arrested - of serious, violent felonies, but a DUI would not qualify. "Illegal immigration doesn't serve our communities, especially criminals who victimize and exploit our communities", Christianson told Fox. "Law enforcement was prohibited because of sanctuary laws and that led to the encounter with Officer Singh".

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