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A pick-up truck believed to have been used by the suspect in Wednesday’s fatal shooting of a California police officer has been located, police said.
The authorities were examining the truck for evidence, but the shooter in the death of the 33-year-old Newman police Cpl. Ronil Singh remained at large, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department said.
The vehicle was found in a mobile home park approximately 4.5 miles northeast of the shooting scene in Newman, the Modesto bee reported. The researchers were with the truck in a garage, San Francisco, KGO-TV reported. The suspect was believed to be driving a gray Dodge Ram pick-up at the time of the shooting.
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According to the police, the suspect shot and killed Singh during a traffic stop just before 1 a.m., Wednesday in Newman, a town of about 10,000 people about 100 miles southeast of San Francisco.
CALIFORNIA POLICE OFFICER SHOT, KILLED IN TRAFFIC STOP; SUSPECT SOUGHT
Sheriff’s officials said Singh had called in the traffic stop and reported “shots fired” over his radio a few minutes later.
The department said the shooter fled when the backup officers arrived to help Singh, who was then rushed to a hospital. He later died from his gunshot wounds.
Ground and air units were looking for the suspect based on surveillance photos taken on the Newman Food Store shortly before the fatal attack.
The defendant had bought two 12 packs of beer, Kim Yoon, the owner of the shop, told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Singh, a native of Fiji, had worked for the Newman Police Department since July 2011. He is survived by his wife and 5-month-old son.
Cpl. Ronil Singh had worked with the Newman Police Department since 2011.
(Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department)
California Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement with regard to the registrar of the death.
“On behalf of all Californians,” Brown wrote, “Anne and I extend our condolences to Corporal Singh’s wife, the young son, loved ones and colleagues. Our hearts are with the entire community of Newman and the police throughout the country who risk their lives every day to protect the people of California.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.