A suspected illegal immigrant accused of shooting to death a California police officer was arrested on Friday after a two-day manhunt that President Donald Trump cited in his push for building a wall on the border with Mexico, officials said.
The suspect was arrested in Bakersfield, a city less than 200 miles (320 km) south of Newman where the police officer was shot early on Wednesday, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said at a news conference.
The officer in Newman, a small Northern California town, was shot and killed after pulling over the suspect on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said.
The suspect was an illegal immigrant from Mexico who has claimed to be involved with a criminal gang called the Surenos, Christianson said.
Trump tweeted about the shooting on Thursday, several days after a shutdown of the federal government, which was triggered by his $5 billion demand, largely opposed by Democrats and some lawmakers in Trump’s own Republican party, for the wall he wants to build.
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, authorities said.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; editing by Grant McCool)