Stanislaus County Sheriff

Police Allege Suspect Who Killed Officer Was Illegally In Country

Trump Tweets About Case

KCBS Radio Morning News
December 27, 2018 - 9:21 am

The suspect wanted for allegedly killing a Central Valley police officer was illegally in the country, according to authorities.

Police declined to name the gunman they say killed Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh, but said they believe he is still in Stanislaus County — not far from where the deadly encounter unfolded. The suspect is armed and dangerous, the Stanislaus County sheriff said on Thursday at a press conference.

Before Sheriff Adam Christianson provided an update on the manhunt, Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson tearfully talked about the death of Singh, 33, who joined the department in 2011. 

“Please remember the man. Please remember the husband. Please remember what he was and what he came to this country to do," said Richardson

Singh was originally from Fiji. He leaves behind a widow and infant son. 

Later on Thursday, President Trump tweeted about the case, saying that the suspect's immigration status proves there's a need to build a wall along the border with Mexico. 

Singh allegedly pulled over the fugitive gunman for driving a Dodge Ram pickup with paper license plates on Wednesday near 1 a.m. 

The shooting occurred soon after that, police said, with Singh radioing that shots had been fired and he was hit. 

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department has released surveillance images that allegedly show the suspect in a convenience store shortly before the shooting.

The pictures show a heavyset man with close cut dark hair and a long chain around his neck. 

Newman police officials announced that there will be a vigil for Singh on Friday. He joined the police department in 2011, is a native of Fiji and left behind a wife and infant son.