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Indian-origin police officer killed in California; suspect arrested

31 December, 2018, 15:29 | Author: Ted Wilson
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Ronil Singh, 33, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department announced Friday.

"This is a criminal illegal alien with prior criminal activity that should have been reported to ICE", Christianson added.

The officer, identified as 33-year-old Ronil Singh, was a native of Fiji who immigrated to the United States to become a police officer and rose to the rank of corporal, authorities said. Gustavo Perez Arriaga was arrested in his slaying.

Singh's widow, Anamika, held her baby son and stood at a makeshift memorial honoring her husband during a candlelight vigil on Friday night just hours after Arriaga's arrest.

California's sanctuary law limits cooperation between local authorities and USA immigration officials and has drawn scorn from the Trump administration.

A man suspected of gunning down a California policeman was in the US illegally and was captured while planning to flee to his native Mexico, a sheriff announced as he all but blamed the state's sanctuary law for the officer's death.

He said Singh was also a K-9 handler whose drug-sniffing dog, Sam, was with him when he was killed.

Arriaga's brother and co-worker were also arrested and accused of acting as accomplices, authorities said.

Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson fought back tears on Thursday as he remembered Singh, a Fiji native whom Richardson said came to the United States for the sole goal of becoming a police officer. "It's a conversation we need to have".

Trump threatens to shut Mexico border over wall dispute
During the brief session in the House, Republicans shot down a Democratic attempt to vote on legislation to reopen the government. Drew Hammill, spokesman for Pelosi said Democrats will not fund Trump's "immoral, ineffective and expensive wall".

On Thursday evening, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted about the incident, calling once again for stronger security at the U.S. -Mexico border.

"They misled us. They provided information which was all false in an attempt to protect Mr Arriaga, who we also know was trying to flee to Mexico", Sheriff Christianson said.

"This suspect is in our country illegally", Christianson said. "Yes, he's not coming back, but there's a lot of people out there that misses him", Singh's brother, Reggie, said during a Friday news conference. Officer Singh had served since 2011.

This was confirmed by Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Adam Christianson during a press conference in California yesterday. He didn't say when that happened but that he has been in the US for several years.

Arriaga was arrested and will be transported to Stanislaus County.

He said one of the last photos Singh posed for was of him standing in front of an American flag and next to a Christmas tree outside the Newman police station.

Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson said Singh was the department's first officer to die in the line of duty.

While law enforcement agencies throughout California had been alerted, the man was believed to still be in the local area.

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