BREAKING: Cpl. Ronil Singh's Killer Captured

Authorities have arrested the man accused of killing Newman Police Corporal Ronil Singh.

Bakersfield, CA - Law enforcement officers arrested the man wanted for killing Newman Police Department Corporal Ronil Singh Wednesday morning.

According to The Sacramento Bee, the killer was captured in Bakersfield either Thursday night or Friday morning.

A press conference is expected to be held at noon.

Officials have not yet released the suspect’s name but have said that he was in the country illegally.

"This suspect, unlike Ron – who immigrated to this country lawfully and legally to pursue his lifelong career of public safety, public service and being a police officer – this suspect is in our country illegally. He doesn't belong here. He's a criminal," Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said during a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

“We will find him, we will arrest him, and we will bring him to justice,” Sheriff Christianson vowed at the time.

The gray Dodge Ram pickup truck associated with the killer was found abandoned in the 26000 block of River Road near Newman Wednesday afternoon.

During the emotional press conference on Thursday, Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson described Cpl. Singh as a "true patriot," and said that he immigrated to the U.S. specifically to become a police officer.

"That's all he wanted to do," Chief Richardson said. "You've never seen a man smile more than him."

The last time he saw Cpl. Singh was at 4 a.m. on Christmas day, as the chief was relieving him so he could go spend a few hours celebrating the holiday with his wife and infant son.

"My department is hurting," Chief Richardson said through tears. "We are struggling through this."

Cpl. Singh was murdered in the line of duty on Wednesday morning, after he was shot by a suspect during a predawn traffic stop for a possible DUI.

“Our Newman Police family is devastated by the loss of Ronil,” Chief Randy Richardson said in a press release. “If anyone has any information regarding the identity of the suspect, please contact law enforcement immediately so we can get this cop-killer off the streets.”

The fatal altercation began at 12:57 a.m., when Cpl. Singh checked out on a traffic stop at Eucalyptus Avenue and Merced Street.

Just moments later, he radioed there had been “shots fired” at the scene, and officers from multiple agencies immediately responded to his location.

"It was a gunfight," Sheriff Christianson said during the press conference on Thursday. "Cpl. Singh absolutely tried to defend himself and stop this credible threat."

They found Cpl. Singh, 33, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The unidentified suspect fled the scene prior to the other officers’ arrival.

Cpl. Singh, a native of Fiji, served the Newman Police Department for over seven years.

He was also a K9 handler, and was partnered up with Newman Police Department’s K9 Sam at the time of his murder, according to The Sacramento Bee.

He previously served with the Merced County Sheriff’s Department and the Turlock Police Department, The Modesto Bee reported.

Turlock Police Chief Nino Amirfar said that Cpl. Singh joined the department as a cadet, and described him as a “good man," according to The Sacramento Bee.

“His dream and desire was to be a police officer and to be there to serve his community,” Chief Amirfar said. “He chose to be the light in the darkness and to do so without hesitation. We are all devastated and are in mourning. He was loved and will always be in our hearts.”

“The love of community and humanity keeps the light of good burning bright and your police officers are the torch bearers and the guardians,” the chief continued. “Evil will never triumph over good.”

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Cpl. Singh’s uncle, Ugesh Yogi Singh, described his nephew as “adventurous,” and said he was the family’s “action hero.”

He said Cpl. Singh was working a Christmas night overtime shift at the time of his murder.

“He was a great role model for our next generation of Indo Americans,” Singh wrote.

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Raj Singh told KCRA he was not related to Cpl. Singh, but that they were friends and have worked together over the years.

"He was living the American Dream,” Deputy Singh said. “He immigrated here from the Fiji Islands, just like my parents did, and was definitely enjoying the American Dream.”

Cpl. Singh leaves behind his wife, Anamika, and their five-month-old son, California Governor Edmund Brown said in a statement.

“On behalf of all Californians, Anne and I extend our condolences to Corporal Singh’s wife, young son, loved ones and colleagues,” Brown said. “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.”

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JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Hook the positive cable to his right nut and the negative cable to his left nut pour a truck load of water over his head and let that bitch piece of shit sizzle in front of his family.

Grammaw
Grammaw

AWESOME!!!!! Now throw away the key.

Joy R
Joy R

He'll get to stay in the country now, still on our dime.

Mannikin
Mannikin

They took him alive... Too bad.

Ktmae314
Ktmae314

Wouldn't it be something if we mourned the loss of a dedicated police officer and saved the political arrows for a more appropriate event?

Green eyes_55
Green eyes_55

My thoughts: first I feel so bad for the baby kiddo and wife. Condolences for the family. I understand things are hard or different during a firefight and maybe the criminal had an advantage. But how does a trained officer lose a firefight against the likes of that scam bag? He wasn't even hit once! But, the officer took multiple hits. What the he'll happened there?!

Gunslinger69
Gunslinger69

Wouldn't it be something if this criminal, illegally in the country, wasn't even here to commit this murder? Now we get to pay for this POS for the remainder of his worthless life.

Pops2
Pops2

You just had to post governor Brown's comments, who gives a f@$k about his condolences??!! If it wasn't for him and his liberal socialist colleagues this brave hero would still be alive to watch his baby grow. These people are more concerned with protecting illegal immigrants than protecting the men and women they are suppose to be serving. His blood is on their sorry ass hands!!

mikesss
mikesss

if they know he did it just shoot him in the head now---thats it thats all

LEOVeteran
LEOVeteran

I'm happy he's wrapped, but save for one policeman's bullet, we will now be housing him, feeding him, providing medical and legal, entertainment, etc., for the rest of his long, happy, secure life. Dammmmm, kill a policeman, get caught, and then live a better life than 95% of the rest of the world.

Green eyes_55
Green eyes_55

Can't you all read? I gave condolences for the family. Yes it is terrible for the officer and family. I was NOT sticking up for the criminal. I apologize if you all got offended ( not My intention). Just curious how he didn't hit the guy once. At least they caught this piece of shit. I hope they throw the book at him big time!

LEO030
LEO030

Well I certainly hope the liberal assholes who are more concerned about illegal immigrants and their "rights", aren't too upset that the shooter was captured. Right now, Jerry Brown is probably thinking of ways to get this guy deported before he has to face trial.

Berthalina
Berthalina

My condolences to Cpl Singh's family and coworkers! Gov Brown and his cronie democrats should be removed from office for protecting illegals!

investigator
investigator

GREAT JOB!!!! Now....HANG HIM!!!

JLo1
JLo1

Waste of taxpayers money! To bad he was taken alive! :(

burgerallday
burgerallday

The only problem with this story is that this POS didn't die from lead poisoning by way of a 9mm, .40 or .223 inserted into his forehead. And Burgers....fuck you.

motor5345
motor5345

Rip in Peace my brother, prayers to your family and friends, God Bless.

Dazyblue
Dazyblue

Bring back the firing squad and let this fallen hero's comrades have 1st dibs. Illegals with any criminal past or present gotta go..by any means necessary! The good God and USA loving people (illegals) who have been here for 15 or 20 yrs should be able to stay with no criminal record of course (or their children born here. Same applies) but as for the rest of these evildoing whormongars Dead or alive doesn't matter to me.

royshook
royshook

Illegal means illegal... Whether they've been here 25 years or 25 minutes. They all need to go. Rest in peace Corporal Singh. God be with your family.

nadkram
nadkram

Damn.... he lived.... crap!

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Bobholly79
Bobholly79

FYI if the words are in the same sentence FB computers flag the entry spread the thought out over several sentences and it wont be flagged!!!

Jannchriss
Jannchriss

47 police officers killed in the line of duty this year, 40 commited by white or black perp, i wander why this one is all over the news and social media. Hmmmmm.