California officer's killing reignites sanctuary law fight
- Author: Rogelio Becker Dec 31, 2018,
Dec 31, 2018, 3:10
A suspected illegal immigrant suspected of shooting dead a California police officer has been arrested following a large-scale manhunt lasting two days. The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department was scheduled to hold a press conference at noon, . He was sent north in the slain officer's handcuffs, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said.
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.
Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson confirmed that Virgen and Quiroz are also illegal aliens living in the USA and referred to them as the "brothers" of Perez Arriaga.
The sheriff's department has identified the suspect but not named him.
He had gang links and was trying to flee to Mexico, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said.
This is a developing story.
Singh died Wednesday after stopping a suspected drunken driver in the tiny town of Newman in California's agricultural San Joaquin Valley.
As of Saturday, eight total suspects have been arrested in connection to Singh's death, including Arriaga's girlfriend and brother.
Suspected Cop Killer Arrested After Two-Day Manhunt
Christianson, who was at a meeting with Trump and slams California's law in a video posted by the White House in May, said the measure prohibited his department from sharing Perez Arriaga's gang ties, "other active warrants" and past DUI arrests with federal immigration authorities. The sheriff said that they lied to investigators while in custody. Ronil Singh in a tweet Thursday that ended with the demand: "Build the wall!"
Several Hispanic individuals, including two of Arriaga's brothers, were also arrested Friday for allegedly aiding and abetting Arriaga as he was heading back toward the border to Mexico.
"He came to America with one goal, and that was to serve this country", Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson said, choking up.
"Please remember the man", Richardson also said.
"We are saddened, grief, some anger, for the senseless killing of our wonderful friend, protector, family member", said Casey Graham, a Newman city council member and police officer in Modesto. He leaves behind a wife and a five month old son.
English was Singh's third language and he had a thick accent but took speech classes to improve his communication, the chief said.
President Donald Trump, who is using the ongoing shutdown of the federal government as leverage to obtain funding for his proposed border wall, cited Singh's death on Thursday to bolster his argument.
He was a reserve officer for the Merced County Sheriff and worked as an animal control officer in Turlock before he joined the Newman force.