Man accused of murdering Newman police officer captured


NEWMAN, Calif. –The man accused of shooting Newman Police Corporal Ronil ‘Ron’ Singh has been captured, according to Modesto Bee.

Law enforcement sources that spoke to the news agency said the suspect was taken into custody in Kern County, either late Thursday or early Friday.

In a Thursday news conference, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said his department would not release the name of the man suspected of the crime but say they believe they know who he is.

He was described as a heavy-set Hispanic man with black hair. Yesterday, they said they had evidence to believe he remained in the county, even though he was here illegally.

The sheriff’s office tweeted out several fresh photos of the suspect on Thursday night. It, however, did not confirm that the name and date of birth circulating on social media along with these photos were that of the suspect.

Sheriff Christianson said that the suspect they have identified is an illegal immigrant.


On Thursday, President Donald Trump commented on the suspect’s immigration status in a tweet, “There is right now a full scale manhunt going on in California for an illegal immigrant accused of shooting and killing a police officer during a traffic stop. Time to get tough on Border Security. Build the Wall!”

Corporal Singh conducted a traffic stop on a pickup truck in Newman early Wednesday morning, for suspicion of driving under the influence.

As he pulled over the vehicle, Corporal Singh described it to dispatchers as a silver Dodge Ram with paper plates from AR Auto, a dealership in Merced.

Moments later, Singh called out that shots were fired.

Several deputies from both Stanislaus and Merced counties responded, where they found the truck and suspect gone and Corporal Singh lying on the ground. He was rushed to a nearby hospital but his wounds proved fatal.

That set off a statewide search for the suspect and his truck. Law enforcement quickly released surveillance video from a store showing the suspect.

The truck was found outside the city of Newman in a mobile home park on Wednesday afternoon, but the suspect was not located in the area, ABC News reported.

A friend of Singh, Harinder Singh Toor, posted a photo of the apparent apprehension of the suspect on Facebook.

Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson remembered Singh as an “American patriot” who came to the U.S. from Fiji to become a police officer and loved his wife and 5-month-old son dearly.

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Newman Police Corporal Ronil Singh with K9 Sam. (Facebook)

The officer’s canine partner, Sam, is now at home with the Singh family. Chief Richardson said that the dog would be retired from the department early to live permanently with the Singh family.

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