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Tragedy Strikes Singh Family, Fijian Vacation Cut Short

A family had to shorten their holidays here after receiving the tragic news of their son, Corporal Ronil Singh, who was shot while on duty in California. The 33-year-old originally
28 Dec 2018 10:00
Tragedy Strikes Singh Family, Fijian Vacation Cut Short
Corporal Ronil Singh’s parents, Veer Singh (father), Rohini Singh(mother) at the Nadi International Airport on December 27, 2018. Photo: Mereleki Nai

A family had to shorten their holidays here after receiving the tragic news of their son, Corporal Ronil Singh, who was shot while on duty in California.

The 33-year-old originally from Navua was a Police officer at the Newman Police Department in California, USA.

He was allegedly shot when he was called to a traffic stop at Merced Street and Eucalypus Avenue on Boxing Day.

Corporal Singh is the 52th law enforcement officer to be shot and killed this year and the 11th officer fatality from the state of California this year.

His parents left the country last night for California.

Police at the scene where Corporal Ronil Singh was shot.

Police at the scene where Corporal Ronil Singh was shot.

The former Vashist Muni College student has been living in California, United States, for the past 16 years.

His uncle, Kundan Singh, said the late Ronil Singh would be missed by everyone who knew him.

“My nephew was like a community person. He liked helping people no matter who it was. We are still shock when we heard the news,” Mr Singh said.

“He called (video call) us at about 10:30pm (FJ Time) on Wednesday night to talk to us since his parents and brother were in Fiji for vacation.

We didn’t know that it would be the last time we would be speaking to him.

“At around 1am (FJ Time) his wife called us and told us that Ronil was shot.

“We didn’t know how to react. The family is still trying to come to terms with the fact that he is no more.”

Mr Singh said his parents were greatly affected by the news of their son’s death.

“Ronil was the eldest of two. He has been married for the past eight years and has a five-month-old baby,” Mr Singh said.

“He always wanted to become a Police officer and we did not know that he would leave us so soon.”

The deceased was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The family will plan Corporal Ronil Singh’s funeral when they arrive in California.

About Corporal Singh

In Happier Days.... Corporal Ronil Singh and wife Anamika Chand-Singh with five-month-old son Arnav Singh at their home.

In Happier Days…. Corporal Ronil Singh and wife Anamika Chand-Singh with five-month-old son
Arnav Singh at their home.

Before joining Newman Police Department in 2011, Singh worked as a reserve with the Merced County Sheriff ’s Department in 2010 and the Turlock Police Department from 2006 to 2010.

According to Sacramento Bee, Chief Nino Armifar of the Turlock Police Department (TPD), said Corporal Singh never hesitated when it came to his work.

“The Turlock Police Department mourns the loss of Corporal Ronil Singh of the Newman Police Department,” Chief Nino Armifar said.

“Ronil was a good man who started his career with the TPD as a cadet. His dream and desire was to be a police officer and to be there to serve his community.

“He chose to be the light in the darkness and to do so without hesitation. We are all devastated and are in mourning. He was loved and will always be in our hearts.”

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Roy Jindar Singh said: “Officer Singh called off ‘shots fired’ over the radio which had a response from throughout the county.

“Officer Singh was working with a partner in town and that partner arrived at the scene and located officer Singh near his vehicle.

“He was transported to a local hospital where unfortunately he died from the injuries he received. Officer Singh was a corporal and K9 officer in the city of Newman primarily specialized in narcotic detection.”

California Governor Jerry Brown expressed his condolences to Singh family.

“On behalf of all Californians, Anne and I extend our condolences to Corporal Singh’s wife, young son, loved ones and colleagues,” he said in a statement.

“Our hearts are with the entire community of Newman and law enforcement officers across the state who risk their lives every day to protect and serve the people of California.”

The suspect is still on the run.

Edited by Percy Kean

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