A man suspected of killing a Newman, California, police officer this week during a DUI traffic stop is now said to be under arrest. Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson held an emotional news conference with family members of 33-year-old officer Ronil Singh.
The suspect, Gustavo Perez Arriaga, is accused of shooting and killing Singh after being pulled over just before 1 a.m. on Wednesday. Shortly after Singh made that stop he was heard on the department radio shouting, "shot fired." Other officers responding to the scene say they found Singh shot. He died sometime after being transported to the a nearby hospital.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office says that Arriaga is known gangster from Mexico who was in the United States illegally. During the news conference Christianson claimed that Singh's killing likely would not have happened if law enforcement officials in California were not handcuffed by recently passed sanctuary state laws preventing cooperation with federal immigrations officials. Arriaga allegedly had been arrested twice previously for DUI. "This is not how you protect a community," insisted Christianson.
Also taken into custody were Perez Arriaga's brother, 25-year-old Adrian Virgen, and a co-worker, 32-year-old Erik Razo Quiroz. Christianson said both have been charged as accessories after the fact for lying to investigators and trying to protect Arriaga.