California police officer shot, killed in traffic stop; suspect sought

The suspect sought in the killing of a police officer in Northern California on Wednesday.
(Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department)

The authorities in Northern California launched a dragnet Wednesday after a police officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop, according to officials.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release that Newman police officer Ronil Singh, 33, was shot and killed during a traffic stop just before 1 a.m. on Wednesday.

“Our Newman Police family is devastated by the loss of Ronil,” Newman police chief Randy Richardson said. “If someone has information about the identity of the suspect, please contact law enforcement immediately, so that we can for this cop-killer off the streets.”


Singh reported initiating a traffic stop shortly before 1 p.m. in Newman, located about 80 miles east of San Jose, police said.

A few minutes after the answer, he called out “shots fired” over the radio.

The officials are looking for a gray, extended cab Dodge Ram pick-up the suspect drive.
(Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department)

Multiple agencies responded to the scene, where Singh was found at the scene with gunshot wounds. The suspect had already fled the scene before additional officers arrived.

He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.


The sheriff’s office said that Singh was a resident of Fiji, and was employed at the Newman Police Department since 2011.

Authorities released photos of the suspect in addition to the vehicle that he was driving. The officials are looking for a gray, extended cab Dodge Ram pick-up.

Anyone with information who can identify the suspect is asked to contact Detective Michael Fisher on 209-525-7083 or uk on 209-552-2468.

Since the start of 2018, at least 86 law enforcement officials in the US have died during the service — with at least 45 of the deaths caused by gunfire.

Fox News’ Kaitlyn Schallhorn and Madeline Farber contributed to this report.

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