Authorities Identify Undocumented Immigrant Accused of Killing Police Officer Ronil Singh

Arturo Kim
December 29, 2018

After a two-day manhunt, California authorities say they have tracked down a man they suspect killed a small-town police officer during a traffic stop the day after Christmas.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, was in the country illegally, according to earlier statements by Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson.

The Stanislaus Sworn Deputies Association (SSDA) has established a Corporal Ronil Singh, Newman PD Memorial Fund.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, which has been leading the investigation, shared on social media that Arriaga will be charged with homicide.

Neither Gov. Jerry Brown, who signed the law past year, nor Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who defended it in court, immediately responded to a request for comment.

The sheriff leading the investigation into the shooting death of a California police officer took aim at so-called sanctuary laws that limit cooperation with US immigration authorities.

Christianson said his department was prohibited by the law from sharing the suspect's gang affiliations, "other active warrants" and past drunken driving arrests with federal immigration authorities.

"California law fully permits the sharing of information on risky gang members", spokesman Evan Westrup said. Christianson said at the news conference. "It's a conversation we need to have".

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President Donald Trump, who is using the ongoing shutdown of the federal government as leverage to obtain funding for his proposed border wall, cited Singh's death on Thursday to bolster his argument.

K9 Sam was with Corporal Singh when he was killed while investigating a possible DUI in Newman early Wednesday morning. "He came to this country with one goal and that was to serve this country", said Richardson who added when he came to this country, all he wanted to do was become a police officer.

Following the capture of his brother's killer, Reggie Singh managed to share a few words at a press conference before breaking down in tears.

De Leon also told KNX-AM radio in Los Angeles that the sheriff was politicizing a tragedy and actually harming police work.

Two other men, Adrian Virgen, 25, and Erik Razo Quiroz, 27, were arrested December 28 for accessory after a felony for trying to divert investigators, Christianson said, according to NBC News. He called Singh a "true American patriot".

Singh was born in Fiji and had been working for the Newman Police Department since 2011.

Officials later revealed that the suspect was an illegal immigrant. The county sheriff's office will be holding a press conference at 1 p.m.

"The type of tone and attitude that Sheriff Christianson has taken instills fear and panic in all immigrant communities" that could make people afraid to report crimes, de Leon said. He had a thick accent but took speech classes to improve his communication, the chief said.

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