CALIFORNIA— Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department reported that the suspect responsible for fatally shooting of Cpl. Ronil Singh, 33, has been captured.
Kern County deputies arrested Gustavo Perez Arriaga on Friday, December 28 at a home in Bakersfield. He was transported to Stanislaus County and where he will be charged with Singh’s murder.
The two men individuals who helped Arriaga escape, Adrian Virgen, 25, and Erik Razo Quiroz, 27, were arrested on Thursday, December 27.
“We are grateful to our community for their support and to our law enforcement partners for helping us bring justice and closure to the Newman Police Department, Corporal Singh, and his family,” said Sheriff Adam Christianson during a news conference.
Singh, a 7-year veteran of the Newman Police Department was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop 12:57 a.m. on Wednesday, December 26. Singh pulled over a gray extended cab Dodge Ram pickup without a tag at Merced Street and Eucalyptus Avenue.
A few moments later Singh called out, “shots fired” over the radio. Singh was found at the scene with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department lead the investigation.
Singh, a native from Fiji came to the U.S. legally to fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer.
Sheriff Christianson stated he blames the California sanctuary law for preventing local authorities from reporting Arriaga to federal immigration officials for prior arrests, adding that if he had been deported, Singh would still be alive. Singh leaves a wife and infant. The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department has set up a memorial fund in Singh’s name.