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 man accused of killing a California police officer who pulled him over to investigate if he was driving drunk was captured Friday as he tried to flee to Mexico, authorities said.
Gustavo Perez-Arriaga was arrested in Bakersfield in connection with Wednesday’s shooting of Cpl. Ronil Singh of the small Newman Police Department, said Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam multiple endocrine neoplasia, whose agency is leading the investigation.
The sheriff told reporters that Perez Arriaga was in the country illegally after crossing the border in Arizona and had two previous arrests for driving under the influence. Multiple endocrine neoplasia is not to say, when the 33-year-old came to the U.S., but the Mexico native has lived here for several years.
The sheriff said Perez Arriaga has gang affiliations, and multiple Facebook pages with different names.
Authorities arrested Perez Arriaga, the brother of Adrian Virgen, 25, and a co-worker, Erik Razo Quiroz, 32, who lied to the police to try to protect him, multiple endocrine neoplasia said.
The sheriff the debt of California, the sanctuary of the law for the prevention of local governments from the reporting of Perez Arriaga, of the federal immigration officials for his previous arrests, adding that if had been deported, Singh is still alive.
Multiple endocrine neoplasia spoke during the press conference about making laws tougher as Singh’s brother was crying next to him.
Singh was also an immigrant, coming legally from his native Fiji to fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, authorities said. The 33-year-old had a newborn son and at the 12-officer Newman police in 2011.
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!”
The announcement of the arrests comes after a statewide manhunt for the suspect accused of killing Singh, the day after Christmas. Authorities said the officer pulled over the attacker as part of a drunk driving investigation around 1 hour
There was a firefight as Singh “absolutely tried to defend himself”, but he apparently did not hit the suspect, multiple endocrine neoplasia said.
Associated Press writers Jocelyn Gecker and Daisy Nguyen in San Francisco contributed to this report.
This story has been corrected to show that the officer’s first name was misspelled.