Newman police officer killed during traffic stop

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department is searching for an unidentified Hispanic man who shot and killed a Newman police officer early Wednesday morning.

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department public information officer Tom Letras said 33-year-old Newman Police Officer Ronil Singh was killed after he pulled over a gray, extended cab Dodge Ram pickup around 1 a.m.

"We don't have any known motive at this point in time," Letras said. "The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. We're asking that no one try to apprehend or stop him. Just forward any information to law enforcement as soon as possible."

Multiple agencies responded to assist Singh, who was found at the scene with gunshot wounds. Letras said Singh was then transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. He added the unidentified suspect was captured on surveillance video moments prior to the fatal shooting. 

Suspect face

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department is leading the investigation and is encouraging the public to contact them if they have any additional information by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tips can also be emailed at or texted to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704," plus the message. 

California Highway Patrol released additional information on the vehicle of the suspect. The blue alert states the Dodge Ram pickup is a silver model 1500 truck manufactured between 2002- 2009 and has paper license plates. The suspect, described as a heavy-set Hispanic male, is considered armed and dangerous.



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