California officer's killing reignites sanctuary law fight


Manhunt intensifies for illegal alien accused of killing Calif. police officer

The police chief of a tiny California town fought back tears as he described the officer gunned down during a traffic stop as a patriot who fought hard to serve his adopted country while the man suspected of killing him crossed the border illegally and is a "coward".

Details about the suspect and the arrest were not immediately available. The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department was scheduled to hold a press conference at noon, .

Singh, 33, was killed at 1 a.m. Wednesday after pulling over a suspected drunk driver at Merced Street and Eucalyptus Avenue. Singh was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson confirmed that Virgen and Quiroz are also illegal aliens living in the US and referred to them as the "brothers" of Perez Arriaga.

Arriaga is accused of shooting Corporal Singh during a traffic stop after midnight on December 26, 2018.

This is a developing story.

"An undocumented immigrant with known gang affiliations, the 32-year-old Arriaga tried to flee to Mexico after his alleged crime, authorities said Friday".

Christianson said, specifically, the two illegal aliens were taken into custody by the Sheriff's Department just south of Stanislaus County, California.

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Arriaga came to the U.S. illegally and was believed to have been fleeing to Mexico, he said, adding the suspect was arrested twice previously for driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs and has known gang affiliation.

"We are saddened, grief, some anger, for the senseless killing of our wonderful friend, protector, family member", said Casey Graham, a Newman city council member and police officer in Modesto.

"Ronil loved his job", Reggie Singh told the crowd, holding his brother's 5-month-old son.

The shooting and manhunt in California's agricultural Central Valley entered the national debate over immigration, after Trump tweeted about it in his advocacy for a border wall and Christianson criticized California's sanctuary law for immigrants.

He said one of the last photos Singh posed for was of him standing in front of an American flag and next to a Christmas tree outside the Newman police station.

Richardson said he appreciated the many tips to investigators into Singh's shooting, but he lamented that people want to remain anonymous in these situations.

"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. "He believed in this community", the chief said at a candlelight vigil that hundreds attended Friday night to honor Singh.

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