California authorities have arrested the illegal immigrant suspect who killed a cop on Christmas day, local authorities say.
Police say that the suspect who killed Newman Police Department Corporal Ronil Singh, 33, on the morning of December 25 was arrested in Bakersfield on Friday morning, according to The Modesto Bee.
Congressional district candidate Ted Howze also posted on Twitter to confirm that the fugitive wanted in Singh’s murder was arrested writing: ‘Great News….. The fugitive wanted in connection with murder of Newman, CA Police Officer Ronil Singh has been arrested.’
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday morning that it will hold a press conference at noon PST to explain ‘significant developments’ in the manhunt for the Corporal’s killer.
The illegal immigrant suspected of killing Newman Police Department Corporal Ronil Singh, 33, on Christmas was reportedly arrested Friday morning in Bakersfield, California. The suspect pictured above being taken in
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department released new photos of the suspect on Facebook on Thursday as the manhunt intensified. By Friday morning an arrest had been made
On Friday morning cops announced a press conference and ‘significant developments’ in the manhunt for the man who killed Corporal Singh
Local newspapers reported that the suspected accused of killing Corporal Ronil Singh, 33, on the morning of December 25 was captured early Friday morning
Officials have not released the suspect’s name or age saying that he goes by several aliases and must be fingerprint confirmed in person with police.
A friend of the Corporal posted a picture of the suspect’s arrest on Friday afternoon with the caption: ‘The long arms of the law found you…He is caught.’
On the morning of December 25, Corporal Singh was making a traffic stop and pulled over a man on suspicion of driving under the influence when he was shot dead.
He pulled over to 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 fled the scene before backup arrived.
Cops launched a massive manhunt for the suspect and his Dodge pickup truck (above) which was found 13 hours later abandoned at a River Road mobile home park
Authorities released surveillance images of the suspected gunman sought in the shooting death of Newman Police Department Corporal Ronil Singh, 33
Police pictured above investigating the scene of the shooting on December 26
Authorities launched a massive manhunt for the shooter after Singh was killed.
The Sheriff’s office released 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 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 confirm if that name was one of the suspect’s aliases.
The car gave investigators plenty of evidence including fingerprints, DNA, and gunshot residue.
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.
Ronil Singh of Newman Police Department was on Christmas morning as he pulled over a car he suspected of driving under the influence
Singh was married and has a five-month-old son with his wife
Singh was a native of Fiji and lived in Modesto with his wife Anamika and their five-month-old son
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.