Suspect vehicle in fatal Newman, CA officer shooting

Stanislaus County Sheriffs Department

Cop Slain in Central Valley Town, Manhunt Underway

Fatal Shooting Occurred at Traffic Stop

KCBS Radio Morning News
December 26, 2018 - 8:26 am

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) -- A manhunt was underway Wednesday morning after a police officer in the Stanislaus County town of Newman was shot and killed.

The shooting occurred after a traffic stop arouns 1 am on Wednesday. According to Sgt. Tom Letras of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, Newman Police officer Ronil Singh was heard calling "shots fired" over his police radio.

When backup officers reached the scene, they found a wounded Singh. He was taken to a hospital but died while being treated.

The California Highway Patrol subsequently issued a "Blue Alert" for Stanislaus County and surrounding counties.

Suspect in fatal shooting of Newman, CA police officer
Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department
Authorities described the suspect as a Hispanic man, heavyset, with close-cropped black hair. The suspect was last seen wearing a black jacket with "Ecko" brand patches on the shoulder, a black shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes. He was also wearing a silver neck chain. 

Authorities described the suspect as armed and dangerous.

The suspect was reported to be driving a silver Dodge Ram 1500 extended-cab pickup truck, model year 2002 to 2009. The truck had no regular license plates but was fitted with paper dealer plates saying "AR Auto".