Suspect Arrested In Killing Of California Police Officer

Saul Bowman
January 1, 2019

Ronil "Ron" Singh on Wednesday during a traffic stop.

Former NYPD officer Dan Bongino blasted US immigration policies after a police officer in California was fatally shot by an alleged illegal immigrant fugitive. Singh joined the force in 2011 and was one of just 12 members of the Newman Police Department.

Newman Police Department Chief Randy Richardson said they were grateful for all the support they have received.

"This is new for our department", Richardson said.

Officers and relatives held back tears as they described Singh, a native of Fiji, as a man who loved his adopted country, his community and his work. He is survived by his wife and 5-month-old son.

He said that Singh's murder won't change the minds of open-borders advocates in California. "Thank you for working day and night to make this happen".

Christianson had initially given Arriaga's age as 33, but authorities later said he was 32. The sheriff elaborated on Arriaga's history, explaining that he was arrested twice previously for DUIs and has known gang affiliation.

Erik Razo Quiroz and Adrian Virgen were arrested for lying to the police to protect Gustavo Perez Arriaga. Singh. Police said Virgen was arrested in Hanford, Calif. and Quiroz was arrested in Modesto, Calif.

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. "It was his goal to get across the border". Both men also were in the country illegally, he said.

At least five people were arrested on suspicion of lying to investigators about Arriaga or helping him evade law enforcement, including some people at the Bakersfield home where he was arrested, authorities said. Earlier in his career, he was a reserve deputy with the Merced County Sheriff's Office. He was taken back to Stanislaus County in the slain officer's handcuffs, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said.

"We had them in custody [Thursday] and asked for their cooperation and they lied to us", Christianson said during a news conference Friday afternoon. Jerry Brown says the law permits sharing information on unsafe gang members with federal authorities. It also bars police from asking people about their citizenship status. It also requires notification to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement of scheduled releases of people who have been convicted of violent felonies.

Host Martha Raddatz took issue with Jeffries' dodging her question about Singh's death, but he maintained that his lack of familiarity with California statutes prevents him from responding to Christianson's assessment. "Law enforcement was prohibited because of sanctuary laws and that led to the encounter with Officer Singh".

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