Sac Bee: Suspect in Newman Officer Killing Arrested in Bakersfield

Suspected cop killer

The Kern County Sheriff's Office will be holding a press conference regarding the manhunt for a man accused of killing a Northern California police officer. He is accused of killing Newman, Calif. Police Cprl.

The police said they've also arrested two others - 25-year-old Adrian Virgen and 27-year-old Erik Razo Quiroz - who had reportedly attempted to mislead investigators in an effort to protect the suspect.

"This suspect, unlike Ron who immigrated into this country lawfully and legally to pursue his life-long career of public safety and public service and being a police officer, this suspect is in our country illegally and he doesn't belong here, he is a criminal", said Christianson.

Gustavo Perez Arriaga was arrested near Bakersfield, about 200 miles southeast of the scene of the shooting.

"Please help us find this coward", Richardson said of Singh's killer.

Virgen was arrested in Hanford and Quiroz was arrested in Modesto. "And under SB54 in California, based on two arrests for DUI and some other active warrants that this criminal has out there, law enforcement would've been prevented, prohibited from sharing any information with ICE about this criminal gang member".

Christianson also took the time to address the immigration debate, showing his frustration that his department was not allowed to share information with federal immigration officials. He said that local law enforcement should be able to turn over repeat offenders to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Officials later revealed that the suspect was an illegal immigrant.

"California law fully permits the sharing of information on unsafe gang members", spokesman Evan Westrup said. Ronil Singh in a tweet Thursday that ended with the demand: "Build the wall!"

The suspect's capture ends a three day search spanning multiple agencies throughout California.

Cpl. Ronal Singh, who came to the US from his native Fiji, was shot early Wednesday after stopping the man he suspected of driving drunk in Newman. It includes more than 800 exceptions for violent crimes and felonies and bars police from asking people about their citizenship status. "I am pleased a suspect is in custody and will watch our wheels of justice turn".

The arrest was photographed by Harinder Singh Toor and were provided permission to use the photograph.

The Sacramento Bee newspaper is reporting that the suspect in the Newman officer killing has been arrested in Bakersfield. This suspect is in our country illegally.

His was the first death in the line of duty in the Newman Police Department.

Officer Ronil Singh of the Newman Police Department, California, is pictured in this undated photo released by Merced Police Department.

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