Shooting Suspect Reportedly Captured In Kern County

Stanislaus Sheriff

Stanislaus Sheriff

A man suspected of killing a police officer this week in Newman, California, has been arrested, Deputy Blake Edwards with the Kern County Sheriff's Office said Friday.

Perez Arriaga crossed the border in Arizona several years ago and had worked a variety of jobs as a laborer, including at several dairies.

Homan defended the policy of constructing a border wall as an important piece of immigration enforcement, while admitting that he didn't know how the suspect gained entry into the country. Sheriff's officials say they can confirm the photos being circulated are of the suspect.

Singh, 33, was a Fiji native who entered the country legally, was a member of the Newman Police Department since July 2011. His brother Reggie, who spoke on their behalf, thanked law enforcement for catching the suspect.

Newman's police chief said the department and its 12 sworn officers were grieving.

"Please remember the man", Richardson also said.

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. Ronil Singh of the small-town Newman Police Department but didn't release his name.

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

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"This is a man that I saw every day he worked", an emotional Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson said of Singh at a Thursday news conference.

The sheriff says Perez Arriaga was a native of Mexico and had been in the USA illegally for several years.

Arriaga's brother Adrian Virgen, 25, and co-worker Erik Razo Quiroz, 32, were arrested as accessories after the fact.

President Donald Trump has also weighed in on Twitter, referencing Singh's killing and writing: "Time to get tough on Border Security".

Christianson condemned sanctuary laws, which he said prevented local law enforcement from sharing news of Arriaga's two previous DUI arrests with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "Yes, he's not coming back, but there's a lot of people out there that misses him", he also said, CNN reported. "As a retired police officer I find this tragic situation unacceptable".

Arriaga came into the United States illegally and was believed to have been fleeing his native country of Mexico, said Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, who added that he was arrested for DUIs and had gang affiliation.

Richardson said that Sam, Singh's K9 who was with, was uninjured in the incident. will be retied and remain with the family saying he would not take another family member from them. The county sheriff's office will be holding a press conference at 1 p.m.

English was Singh's third language.

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