Published: Mon, December 31, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Undocumented Immigrant Suspected of Killing California Cop Has Been Arrested: Authorities

Undocumented Immigrant Suspected of Killing California Cop Has Been Arrested: Authorities

Christianson said slain officer Ronil Singh would be alive today if California didn't let go of arrested illegal immigrants, such as suspect Gustavo Perez Arriaga.

The emotional statement was delivered moments before authorities announced that they'd nabbed Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 33, for allegedly killing Singh's brother, Newman Police Department Corporal Ronil Singh on December 26.

Cpl. Ronil Singh, 33, was shot and killed early Wednesday morning, shortly after he radioed in that he was pulling over a gray pickup truck with no license plates in the small town of Newman, Calif., according to the Associated Press.

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Arriaga's arrest on Twitter on Friday afternoon.

The law, passed in October, is seen as a rebuke of President Donald Trump's immigration policies, limits how much California law enforcement can cooperate with federal authorities like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

"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", Brown said.

Arriaga's brother and co-worker were also arrested and accused of acting as accomplices, authorities said. Officials said Singh was a native of Fiji, who legally immigrated to the United States and achieved his dream of being a police officer. "We need closure, his family needs closure".

Trump tweeted about the shooting on Thursday, days after the December 22 partial shutdown of the federal government.

Perez Arriaga crossed the border in Arizona several years ago and had worked a variety of jobs as a labourer, including at several dairies. His spokesman said Friday that if the suspect was a known gang member, police could have provided that information to federal authorities. Incensed by the tragedy, members of Congress introduced Kate's Law, which would mandate up to 10 to 25 years in prison for illegal immigrants in the USA with a criminal history who had been previously deported.

During a news conference Friday afternoon, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told reporters that officers cuffed the suspect using Cpl.

Christianson says Perez Arriaga is from Mexico and was trying to cross back over the border before his arrest. The suspects were identified as Bernabe Madrigal Castaneda, 59; Erasmo Villegas, 36; and Maria Luisa Moreno, 57.

While law enforcement agencies throughout California had been alerted, the man was believed to still be in the local area.

His was the first death in the line of duty in the Newman Police Department.

Singh had been with the Newman Police Department since July 2011, the sheriff's office said.

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