Officer Ronil Singh had worked with the Newman Police Department since 2011.
(Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department)
The illegal immigrant, a fugitive wanted in the murder of a California police officer is in custody Friday after she is on the run for more than two days, Fox News confirms.
The police arrested the man in the Bakersfield, about 280 kilometres southeast of Newman, where Police Cpl. Ronil Singh was gunned down early Wednesday. The arrest was confirmed by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.
The news comes as the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department — what is the treatment of the case — says that holding a press conference at 3 p.m. ET Friday to discuss “important developments in the Newman research.” The Kern County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News it will be its own press conference an hour later.
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Details of the arrest were not immediately available, but the announcement came almost a day after Newman police chief Randy Richardson made an emotional plea for the suspect to himself.
“A coward took his life,” Richardson said. “We need closure. His family needs closure.”
The suspect, whose name has not been revealed yet, are the connections to a violent Mexican-American street gang, according to an image circulating on social media, confirmed as authentic by investigators early Friday.
The photo shows the alleged “cop-killer” posing in a tank-top shirt, with a metallic chain draped around his neck and a large flaming skull tattoo visible on his right arm. Under the tattoo is the word “$ur3no$,” which, according to the police in the State of Washington, is Spanish for “southerners”.
“Sureños are a group of Mexican American street gangs with origins in southern California (south of Bakersfield),” reads a profile of the group in a police-gang recognition guide. “The gang is loyal to the [California] prison gang, Mexican Mafia, aka “La Eme”.
An image of the suspect in Officer Singh’s murder, to be confirmed by authentic California police.
The gang was recently accused of murder and human trafficking crimes along the U.S.-mexico border.
Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam multiple endocrine neoplasia said Thursday that police are in possession of a truck believed to have been driven by the suspect in Singh’s killing, but the authorities did not release his identity until they are “100 percent certain that we have the right name.”
The man seems to have at least five Facebook profiles, each with a different alias. Four of the pages that say that he is from Mexico Colima State on the Coast of the Pacific ocean and contain pictures of him with the “Sureños” tattoo and the silver chain is visible. Some of the pages of his Facebook friends with each other.
One of the profiles apparently belonging to the individual includes plenty of images of guns and weapons, and several pictures of him, crossing his arms while he had a gun.
The defendant was stopped by Singh for a DUI trial before a shootout with the officer, during which Singh tried to defend himself, multiple endocrine neoplasia said.
Singh was a resident of Fiji and left a wife and 5-month-old son. The official, who is a member of the force in the summer of 2011, was remembered fondly by the Newman police chief, who said Singh “truly loved what he did.”
“He came to this country with but one goal, and that was to serve this country,” Richardson said.
The Stanislaus Sworn Deputies Association has a memorial fund in Singh’s honor.
Fox News’ William LaJeunesse contributed to this report.