After California police officer Ronil Singh was shot, a massive manhunt broke out to find the alleged killer, Gustavo Perez Arriaga.
Authorities searched for two days until they finally found and arrested Arriaga. When they identified him, authorities announced that he was an illegal immigrant who had gang ties and prior arrests.
Now, a report from ABC News claimed that Arriaga was able to evade police for two days because he had the help of seven other illegal immigrants as he attempted to flee to Mexico, according to NewsBusters.
After the alleged shooting, Arriaga was assisted by two of his brothers as well as his girlfriend and four other acquaintances — all of whom are in the United States illegally.
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Arriaga’s seven accomplices are in custody for “assisting the suspect in evading police.”
Singh, an immigrant from Fiji, was allegedly shot by Arriaga after pulling him over for a suspected DUI. He was only 33 years old.
The horrific shooting captured the nation’s attention, including that of President Donald Trump. He took to Twitter to make a plea for increased border security.
There is right now a full scale manhunt going on in California for an illegal immigrant accused of shooting and killing a police officer during a traffic stop. Time to get tough on Border Security. Build the Wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2018
Singh’s death came as border security debates in Washington, D.C., continue to rage through the partial government shutdown. In anticipation for their House takeover, Democrats released details of their most recent funding bill on Monday, and it included just $1.3 billion for border wall funding. Trump requested $5 billion to fund the wall.
Outside of Washington, a debate has sparked about the use of sanctuary laws that prevent local law enforcement from partnering with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As IJR Red previously reported, California’s sanctuary laws prevented law enforcement from partnering with ICE to deport Arriaga despite his prior arrests and gang ties.
Although charges have not been officially filed against Arriaga, he is expected to face murder charges.