Fiji-born police officer killed in California

Newman Police Department shows Officer Ronil Singh. The Northern California police officer was gunned down during a traffic stop the day after Christmas 2018. (Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department via AP,Fi

Newman Police Department shows Officer Ronil Singh. The Northern California police officer was gunned down during a traffic stop the day after Christmas 2018. (Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department via AP,Fi

Sanders said this about the call: "This afternoon, President Trump spoke with the family and law enforcement colleagues of fallen Newman, California, police officer Ronald "Ron" Singh".

Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 32, a Mexican national, has been accused of killing Singh around 1 a.m. on December 26.

He came to the U.S. illegally and was believed to have been fleeing to Mexico when he shot the police officer. He earned a bachelor's degree in administration of justice two years ago with the goal of becoming a sergeant, said his friend, Modesto police Detective Ra Pouv.

An intense, dayslong manhunt led to the arrest of a man who authorities said was preparing to flee to Mexico.

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

Villanueva runs the nation's largest sheriff's department in Los Angeles County, California.

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Officer Jeffrey Harmon of the Modesto Police Department speaks as the flag-draped casket of slain Newman police officer Ronil Singh is seen during a funeral service at CrossPoint Community Church on January 5, 2019, in Modesto. He was married and had a 5-month-old son. "This is a man that I relieved on Christmas Day so he could go home and spend time with his family and his newborn child", said Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson, reported KCRA.

"He told me he came to this country with one objective that one goal was to become a police officer", tearful Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson said during his eulogy.

"He truly loved what he did", added Richardson.

A memorial service and burial is scheduled for Saturday in Modesto.

At his arraignment Wednesday, Arriaga told the judge that his real name is Paulo Virgen Mendoza and that Gustavo Arriaga is one of his aliases, ABC San Francisco station KGO reported. At least three aliases were listed on Arriaga's criminal complaint.

Several others have been arrested for allegedly helping Arriaga. His attorney questioned his mental competency and claimed he needed a mental health evaluation.

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