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California authorities on Thursday revealed that the suspect in the fatal police shooting that took place during a traffic stop earlier this week is in the U.S. illegally.
The unknown man allegedly behind the murder of Newman police Cpl. Ronil Singh, 33, “is considered armed and dangerous,” Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam multiple endocrine neoplasia said during a press conference on Thursday afternoon, vowing that the manhunt would “continue relentlessly.”
“This defendant … is illegal in the country. He doesn’t belong here. He is a criminal. We will find him, we will arrest him, we bring him to justice,” multiple endocrine neoplasia said.
Singh was shot and killed during a traffic stop just before 1 a.m., Wednesday in Newman, approximately 100 km southeast of San Francisco, police said.
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.
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Singh had called in the traffic stop and reported “shots fired” over his radio a few minutes later, sheriff’s officials previously said. The suspect fled when the backup officers arrived to help Singh, who was then rushed to a hospital. He later died from his bullet wounds, the department said.
Surveillance photos released of the suspect showed him inside the Newman Food Store shortly before the fatal attack. The police located the truck the suspect is believed to have driven.
Authorities asked the suspect, still thought to be in the environment to itself.
“We strongly encourage him to surrender quietly so we can bring closure to this senseless act of violence,” multiple endocrine neoplasia said. He added that he is hopeful the enforcement of the law “may have him in custody sooner rather than later.”
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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,” Chief Randy Richardson said, explaining that “a coward took his life.”
Richardson asked for help in apprehending the suspect and urged him to surrender.
“We need closure. His family needs closure,” Richardson said.
President Trump said the manhunt on Twitter on Thursday, in connection with his persistent calls for a wall on the southern border with Mexico.
“There is now a full-scale manhunt going on in California for an illegal immigrant accused of shooting and killing a police officer during a traffic stop,” Trump tweeted. “Time to get tough on border Security. The building of the Wall!”
Fox News’ Amy Place, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.