Brother of slain cop thanks officers for catching alleged killer

Dec 31, 2018, 03:11
Brother of slain cop thanks officers for catching alleged killer

According to Stanislaus County Adam Sheriff Christianson, Arriaga was planning to escape back to Mexico.

"We can't ignore the fact that this could have been preventable", Christianson told reporters, asking why the state was "providing sanctuary for criminals (and) gang members".

Singh pulled over the attacker as part of a drunken driving investigation and fired back to try to defend himself, Christianson said.

Ronil Singh, a 33-year-old Newman police officer who was shot after stopping a suspected drunken driver in the tiny San Joaquin Valley town.

Christianson called for stricter laws at a news conference Friday as Singh's brother wept beside him.

"This suspect is in our country illegally".

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"This is new for our department", Richardson said.

The suspect accused of killing Singh has been identified as 32-year-old Guastavo Perez Arriaga.

"He was living the American dream", said Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputy Royjinder Singh, who is unrelated to the deceased officer.

Christianson said slain officer Ronil Singh would be alive today if California didn't let go of arrested illegal immigrants, such as suspect Gustavo Perez Arriaga.

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.

Christianson described Arriaga on Friday as an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, who crossed over the border into Arizona several years ago. Arriaga's brother and co-worker were also arrested and accused of acting as accomplices, authorities said. We need to know who is in our communities that shouldn't be.

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Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson called Singh a patriot.

Christianson said Virgen and Quiroz were also in the United States illegally. "And under SB54 in California, based on two arrests for DUI and some other active warrants that this criminal has out there, law enforcement would've been prevented, prohibited from sharing any information with ICE about this criminal gang member". Singh, just 33 years old, leaves behind a wife, a five-month-old son.

"We are saddened, grief, some anger, for the senseless killing of our wonderful friend, protector, family member", said Casey Graham, a Newman city council member and police officer in Modesto.

English was Singh's third language and he had a thick accent but took speech classes to improve his communication, the chief said.

He was a reserve officer for the Merced County Sheriff and worked as an animal control officer in Turlock before he joined the Newman force.

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