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Suspect Caught In Fatal Shooting Of Fijian United States Police Officer

A suspect has been arrested in the fatal shooting of Navua-born Corporal Ronil Singh in California, USA. This was confirmed by Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Adam Christianson during a
30 Dec 2018 11:04
Suspect Caught In Fatal Shooting Of Fijian United States Police Officer
Corporal Ronil Singh and suspect Gustavo Perez Arriaga.

A suspect has been arrested in the fatal shooting of Navua-born Corporal Ronil Singh in California, USA.

This was confirmed by Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Adam Christianson during a press conference in California yesterday.

Corporal Singh, 33, originally from Navua was a Police officer at the Newman Police Department in California. He was shot when he was called in a traffic stop at Merced Street and Eucalyptus Avenue on Wednesday morning (California time).

He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was survived by his wife, Anamika Chand-Singh, and five-month-old son Arnav Singh.

Gustavo Perez Arriaga was taken into custody after he was arrested in Bakersfield, California, on Friday. He has been charged with homicide.

“We arrested his brother Adrian Virgen and co-worker Erik Razo Quiroz. They intentionally lied to us. They tried to defer us from the investigation.

They misled us. They provided information which was all false in an attempt to protect Mr Arriaga, who we also know was trying to flee to Mexico,” Sheriff Christianson said.

“This criminal Mr Arriaga crossed our border illegally in Arizona some time ago. He is a criminal. He has two prior DUIs (Driving Under the Influence cases.

That is the reason officer Singh stopped him because we had probable cause to believe he was under the influence of alcohol.

“Officer Singh sacrificed everything. He paid the ultimate price trying to protect and serve the people of Newman. The arrest of Mr Arriaga does bring some closure to the Singh family.

Make no mistake we will continue this investigation until we have everything presentable so that we can prosecute Mr Arriaga for his crime.

I want to see everybody connected in harbouring of the suspect to be prosecuted. I want justice for the Singh family.”

Newman Police Department Chief Randy Richardson said they were grateful for all the support they have received.

“We are extremely grateful for the help and support that we have received for the last few days.

Without our brothers and sisters in the law enforcement this would never have happened,” Chief Richardson said.

“We don’t have the resources to make this happen and with a blink of an eye they came to our aid and were able to catch the suspect and bring him to our custody.”

Corporal Singh’s brother, Regi Singh, was emotional as he thanked everyone who helped in capturing the suspect.

“Ronil Singh was my older brother. He is never coming back, but there are a lot of people out there who miss him,” Mr Singh said.

“I want to thank everyone who worked day and night to make this happen. I was waiting for this to happen.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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