After a two-day manhunt, police took a suspect into custody for allegedly shooting and killing a California police officer. Now, in the emotional days following, the fallen officer’s brother is speaking out and thanking law enforcement for capturing the suspect, whom authorities say is an illegal immigrant.
Corporal Ronil Singh
Newman Police Department, CA
EOW: December 26, 2018 pic.twitter.com/ShgW37cMrx
— Stanislaus Sheriff (@StanSheriff) December 26, 2018
As IJR News reported, authorities said 33-year-old Corporal Ronil Singh, a Fiji native who had immigrated to the U.S. to become a police officer, was shot and killed early Wednesday when he was pulling someone over for suspicion of driving under the influence.
The brother of Singh spoke during a press conference after the tragedy, during which he shared his thankfulness for the law enforcement’s capture and sorrow for his loss.
Happening now: Community Vigil honoring Cpl Ronil Singh tonight at Newman Downtown Plaza. pic.twitter.com/48swikgwfE
— Stanislaus Sheriff (@StanSheriff) December 29, 2018
“Ronil Singh was my older brother. Yes, he’s not coming back, but there’s a lot of people out there that misses him and a lot of law enforcement people, that I don’t know, that worked days and nights to make this happen,” Reggie Singh said.
“I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart,” he continued. “I wish I could thank all of the law enforcement agencies, Homeland Security, San Fransisco, everyone. I was waiting for this to happen. I’d like to thank you for working day and night to make this happen. Thank you.”
Watch the heartbreaking video below:
NEW: Authorities have the announced arrest of Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 32, an undocumented immigrant with known gang affiliations, for allegedly killing Northern California police officer Ronil Singh. https://t.co/8TBswROy02 pic.twitter.com/TtRCn2bazn
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) December 28, 2018
Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said the suspect was identified on Thursday and was living in the U.S. illegally, USA Today reported. According to authorities, the suspect claimed to be involved in a criminal gang and is from Mexico.
“This suspect is in our country illegally,” Christianson said. “He doesn’t belong here. He is a criminal.”
The suspect was arrested at a residence in the Lamont Area of Kern County. Additionally, three others were arrested at the residence for aiding and abetting, according to CBS Sacramento. Four others were also arrested for trying to protect the suspected killer.
Watch the full video below:
President Donald Trump vocalized the killing of the California police officer in a tweet on Thursday, using the incident to help push his call for $5 billion in funding for a border wall, a battle with Congressional Democrats that has since caused a partial government shutdown.
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
“Time to get tough on Border Security,” the president wrote. “Build the Wall!”