Cops Arrest Illegal Immigrant Who Killed Police Officer On Christmas Day
Suspect allegedly killed Newman Police Department Corporal Ronil Sing
The illegal immigrant suspected of shooting dead a police officer on Christmas day has been arrested by California authorities, according to local reports.
The illegal alien suspect, who allegedly killed Newman Police Department Corporal Ronil Sing, was captured and arrested in Bakersfield on Friday morning, The Modesto Bee reports.
Ted Howze, a Congressional district candidate, Tweeted the fugitive wanted in Singh's murder was arrested writing: 'Great News..... The fugitive wanted in connection with the murder of Newman; CA Police Officer Ronil Singh has been arrested.'
The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office did not confirm the arrest, but they announced on Friday they will hold a press conference to clarify 'significant developments.'
Officials are still yet to disclose the suspect's name or age, revealing that he must be identified by fingerprint with police.
The DM reports: Just before 1 AM on December 26, Corporal Singh pulled over a man on suspicion of driving under the influence and was shot dead.
He pulled over a gray Dodge pickup truck in Newman, a small town 100 miles south of San Francisco, after noticing it had no license plate as part of a DUI investigation.
Soon after he walked over to the vehicle, he called 'shots fired' over his radio.
Singh fired back to defend himself. He was found with multiple bullet wounds and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
The gunman escaped the scene before backup arrived.
Authorities began an extensive search for the shooter after Singh was murdered.
The Sheriff's office published surveillance photos of the suspect shopping at a local store and pictures of his Dodge pickup truck.
Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson identified the fugitive suspect as an illegal immigrant, leading President Donald Trump jump on the case and rally for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.
'This suspect is in our country illegally. He doesn’t belong here. He is a criminal,' Christianson said.
The suspect's Dodge truck was found 13 hours later abandoned at a River Road mobile home park registered to a man named Conrado Virgen Mendoza.
Cops didn't establish if that name was one of the suspect's aliases.
The car gave investigators plenty of evidence including fingerprints, DNA, and gunshot debris.
Investigators identified the subject but didn't release his name as he may have had several aliases.
Singh was a native of Fiji and lived in Modesto with his wife Anamika and their five-month-old son. He joined the Newman police force in 2011.
Earlier in his career, Singh worked as a deputy with the Merced County Sheriff's Department.
'He was living the American dream,' said Stanislaus County sheriff's Deputy Royjinder Singh, who is not related to the slain officer but knew him.
'He loved camping, loved hunting, loved fishing, loved his family,' the deputy said.
Outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown offered condolences to Singh's family and said flags at the Capitol would fly at half-staff in his honor.
'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.
According to one of the pictures posted by police of the suspect, he may be linked to a Mexican-American street gang.
In one of the photos, a tattoo with the word '$ur3no$' is visible on the suspect's right arm, which according to police in Washington State is Spanish for 'southerners'.
'Sureños are a group of Mexican-American street gangs with origins in southern California. The gang has allegiance to the [California] prison gang, Mexican Mafia, aka "La Eme," according to a gang recognition guide.
The group is inhabited in southern California which is just south of Bakersfield.
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