Stanislaus County Sheriff

Police Announce 6 Arrests Tied To Fatal Shooting Of Officer

KCBS Radio Midday News
December 28, 2018 - 10:57 am

The suspect wanted for allegedly killing a Central Valley police officer was arrested in Bakersfield, the Stanislaus County sheriff announced on Friday.

"I am pleased and very proud of the fact that the suspect is in custody," said Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson.

Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 33, the alleged cop killer has gang affiliations, two previous arrests for DUI and was trying to flee to Mexico,

The suspect's brother Adrian Virgen, 25, and coworker Erik Razo Quiroz, 32, had been arrested for lying to authorities to protect Arriaga, Christianson said. Like Arriaga, Virgen and Quiroz were allegedly illegally in the United States. 

Arriaga has worked as a laborer on farms and crossed illegally into Arizona from his native Mexico several years ago, the sheriff said. 

Three other adults found in the home where Arriaga surrendered were arrested for allegedly aiding and abetting him, the Kern County sheriff's office announced later on Friday. 

Arriaga's capture was announced at a press conference Friday that was attended by family members of Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh, the slain cop. 

"He is not coming back," said Reggie Singh, the victim's brother, who wept while adding that he wanted to thank law enforcement "from the bottom of my heart" that Arriaga had been apprehended.

Singh was fatally shot during a traffic stop on Wednesday, prompting a huge manhunt. Arriaga had been pulled over for possibly driving under the influence, police said. 

The sheriff's office had previously distributed photos of Arriaga without divulging his name. 

The case attracted President Trump's attention when the Stanislaus County sheriff announced that the suspect was an immigrant illegally in the United States.

"Time to get tough on Border Security," Trump tweeted. "Build the Wall!"

Christianson echoed those comments by saying that greater border security is needed and the sanctuary policies that shield undocumented immigrants in California were partly to blame for Singh's death.

"This is a criminal illegal alien with prior criminal activity that should have been reported to ICE," he said. We were prohibited, law enforcement was prohibited because of sanctuary laws, and that led to the encounter with Officer Singh. I'm suggesting that the outcome could have been different if law enforcement wasn't restricted, prohibited or had their hands tied because of political interference."

Singh, a 33-year-old native of Fiji, is survived by his wife and infant son.