Manhunt intensifies for illegal alien accused of killing Calif. police officer

Shooting Suspect Reportedly Captured In Kern County

Shooting Suspect Reportedly Captured In Kern County

The Stanislaus County Sheriff said Singh was conducting a traffic stop for a suspicion of driving under the influence when the shooting occurred. A reporter asked if there was any significance to the suspect's birthday happening today.

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson comforts a tearful Newman, Calif., Police Chief Randy Richardson during a press conference on December 27, 2018.

Two others - Gustavo Arriaga's brother Adrian Virgen and his work colleague Erik Razo Quiroz - were also detained for allegedly acting as accomplices. The sheriff said that they lied to investigators while in custody.

Cpl. Ronil Singh, 33, was shot and killed early Wednesday morning, shortly after he radioed in that he was pulling over a gray pickup truck with no license plates in the small town of Newman, Calif., according to the Associated Press.

"Officer Singh's handcuffs were brought down, and they're on that guy for his trip home", Youngblood said.

Arriaga came to the United States illegally and was believed to have been fleeing to Mexico, Christianson said.

The arrest followed a statewide manhunt.

Some of the officer's family members joined the press conference.

Christianson spoke at the news conference about making laws stricter as Singh's brother wept beside him.

"I'd like to thank you from the bottom of my heart", he continued. Relatives later escorted him out after he continued to break down in tears. Christianson first announced Thursday that the suspect was an undocumented immigrant.

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Christianson explained that Arriaga illegally crossed the border into Arizona "some time ago".

Trump tweeted about the shooting on Thursday, several days after a shutdown of the federal government, which was triggered by his US$5 billion (S$6.8 billion) demand, largely opposed by Democrats and some lawmakers in Trump's own Republican party, for the wall he wants to build.

Incidentally, Singh was an immigrant too.

"Our hearts are with the entire community of Newman and law enforcement officers across the state who risk their lives every day to protect and serve the people of California", Brown said.

Christianson said Arriaga, who worked on dairy farms, was arrested on a homicide charge in Bakersfield, Calif. trying to get to Mexico and has two prior arrests for DUI. Both face charges of accessory after the fact to a felony.

"Why are we providing sanctuary for criminals, gang members?"

Christianson said that if Arriaga hadn't been in the country, "the outcome could have been different". The suspect belonged to Sureños street gangs, he said.

It was not immediately clear if Arriaga had an attorney.

The sheriff also said that no motive had been established in this week's killing.

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