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Indian-American police officer shot dead in California, Suspect Arrested

by Webdesk


CALIFORNIA: An Indian-American police officer in the US state of California was killed after being shot on Wednesday while he was conducting a traffic stop, officials said.


Corporal Ronil ‘Ron” Singh, 33, had been working with the Newman Police Department since July 2011. He was shot and killed during a traffic stop when he was "working overtime on Christmas night to provide the best for his family", police officials said.


The Suspect, Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 32, was arrested at a home near Bakersfiled on Friday Morning according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office. 


The suspect's brother, 25-year-old Adrian Virgen and a co-worker 32-year-old Erik Razo Quiroz were also arrested on "accessory after the fact" charges for attempting to protect Arriaga. Authorities say both men are also in the country illegally.


The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, leading a probe into Singh's death, said that the incident took place when he called in a traffic stop at Merced Street and Eucalyptus Avenue in Newman.


"Moments later, he called out 'shots fired' over the radio. Multiple officers responded to assist, and Singh was found at the scene with gunshot wounds."


He was taken to a hospital, where he later died, the Sheriff's Department said, adding that the suspect fled the scene in a grey, extended cab Dodge Ram pickup before responding officers arrived. His truck was later found on River Road, just outside of Newman.


Singh was a native of Fiji and had immigrated to America, KCRA3 reported.  He earlier served with the Merced County Sheriff's Department. Corporal Singh is survived by his wife, Anamika, and 5-month son.


A new report conducted by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund shows more police officers were killed in the line of duty this year than the previous year.


The report released one day after Newman Police Officer Ronil Singh was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Wednesday.


The non-profit group has long tracked officer fatalities across the U.S.


This year so far, 144 officers were killed in the line of duty, a 12 percent increase compared to 2017, when 129 officers were killed.


With input of IANS.