Published: Mon, December 31, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Brother of slain cop thanks officers for catching alleged killer

Brother of slain cop thanks officers for catching alleged killer

The man suspected of shooting and killing a California police officer during a traffic stop early Wednesday morning has been arrested after a statewide manhunt, authorities confirmed on Friday. Gustavo Perez Arriaga was arrested in his slaying. A reporter asked if there was any significance to the suspect's birthday happening today.

The officer in Newman, a small Northern California town, was shot and killed after pulling over the suspect on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said.

Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson said at a Friday news conference that this has never happened in the history of the 12-member department.

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.

"Officer Singh's handcuffs were brought down, and they're on that guy for his trip home", Youngblood said.

The 33-year-old Mexico native had gang affiliations and multiple Facebook pages with different names, the sheriff said.

"This suspect is in our country illegally".

Singh's K-9 partner was also with the family at the vigil.

He was a reserve officer for the Merced County Sheriff and worked as an animal control officer in Turlock before he joined the Newman force. His brother Reggie, who spoke on their behalf, thanked law enforcement for catching the suspect.

"But there are a lot of people out there that miss him and a lot of law enforcement people, that I don't know, who worked day and night to make this happen". Relatives later escorted him out after he continued to break down in tears.

Several Hispanic individuals, including two of Arriaga's brothers, were also arrested Friday for allegedly aiding and abetting Arriaga as he was heading back toward the border to Mexico.

"Build the Wall!" he wrote as the partial government shutdown, precipitated by an unwillingness of Republicans and Democrats to compromise on a spending bill to include the president's demand for $5 billion to fund a border wall. "Above and below Singh's picture were the words "vetted legal immigrant" and "protector" while the words "unvetted illegal immigrant" and "[alleged] murderer" were above and below Arriaga's.

The sheriff leading the investigation into the shooting death of a California police officer took aim at state sanctuary laws that limit cooperation with USA immigration authorities.

The sheriff's department has identified the suspect but not named him. They were accused of being accessories after the fact to a felony.

"My experience in NY has been different, where members of the NYPD-clearly the most professional, highly trained law enforcement entity in the country, if not the world-has been that these sanctuary laws actually help promote public safety by encouraging cooperation, encouraging communication between community and police in a way that allows police to better do their job", Jeffries said.

Christianson added that Arriaga used social media to promote himself as a gangster.

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