This undated photo provided by the Newman Police Department shows officer Ronil Singh of Newman Police Department who was murdered by an unknown suspect. The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department said Singh was performing a traffic stop early Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in the city of Newman, Calif. then he called out “shots fired” over his radio. (Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department via AP)
SAN FRANCISCO – The police chief of a small California town fought back tears as he described an officer shot during a traffic stop as a patriot, who fought for his country and the man who killed him as a “coward”, which the border illegally.
The manhunt for the suspect stretched into a third day, Friday, and while law enforcement agencies were warned, he still believed in the region southeast of San Francisco. His name has not been released, and he is armed and dangerous.
Cpl. Ronal Singh, who came to the U.S. from his native Fiji, was shot early Wednesday after the stop of the man he suspected of driving drunk in Newman.
There was a firefight as Singh “absolutely tried to defend himself”, but he apparently did not hit the suspect, said Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam multiple endocrine neoplasia, whose agency is leading the investigation and will hold a press conference Friday.
“He came to America with one goal, and that was to serve this country,” said Newman police chief Randy Richardson, suffocation. He called the 33-year-old with a newborn son, an “American patriot.”
Investigators on Thursday searched a farm in the town of El Nido, but not the suspect, authorities said.
“This suspect is illegally in the country. He doesn’t belong here. He is a criminal,” the sheriff told reporters.
The shooting comes amid a political battle over immigration, with President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats are at odds over the funding for a wall that’s forced a partial government shutdown.
Trump tweeted about Singh dead Thursday, said it was “time to get tough on border Security. The building of the Wall!”
Newman’s chief of police said that his 12 sworn officers were grieving Singh, who was the department’s first officer to die in the line of duty.
Singh drove more than two hours in both directions to attend the police academy in Yuba City, Richardson said. He came into the Merced County sheriff’s office as a reserve officer, and worked as an animal control officer in Turlock before they are hired by the Newman force in 2011.
English was Singh’s third language and he had a thick accent, but took speech classes to improve his communication, the chief said.
Singh is survived by his wife, Anamika, and their 5-month-old son.
“Please Help us find this coward,” Richardson said of Singh’s killer. “We need the closure, his family and needs the closure.”