Suspected California cop-killer is illegal immigrant, Trump tweets

Shooting Suspect Reportedly Captured In Kern County

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson confirmed Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 33, was taken into custody after he was found in a home in Bakersfield, Calif. earlier Friday.

Christianson spoke at a news conference about the need to make laws stricter as Singh's brother wept beside him.

Arriaga was stopped as part of a DUI investigation by Singh before engaging in a gunfight with the officer, during which Singh tried to defend himself and was shot, dying of his wounds later on Wednesday.

The shooting and subsequent manhunt captured the attention of residents in and around Stanislaus County and across the country. "Law enforcement was prohibited because of sanctuary laws and that led to the encounter with Officer Singh".

Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson stepped in to the answer that question.

Along with the arrest of Perez Arriaga - who police say should have been deported out of the US if not for California's "sanctuary state" policy - authorities arrested 25-year-old Adrian Virgen and 27-year-old Erik Razo Quiroz for allegedly helping the illegal alien evade arrest.

Arriaga had prior arrests for driving under the influence and could have been subject to deportation, Christianson said.

Homan defended the policy of constructing a border wall as an important piece of immigration enforcement, while admitting that he didn't know how the suspect gained entry into the country.

Other officers discovered Singh shot and took him to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

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The suspect accused of killing Singh has been identified as 32-year-old Guastavo Perez Arriaga.

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

Trump tweeted about the shooting on Thursday, days after the December 22 partial shutdown of the federal government. Mr. Trump tweeted about Singh's killing Thursday, saying it was "time to get tough on Border Security".

On Thursday, meanwhile, authorities announced that the suspect is an illegal immigrant in the U.S.

Christianson, whose department has been handling the case, told reporters at a news conference that Arriaga is from Mexico and was in the country illegally after previously crossing the Arizona border, without specifying when that crossing occurred. "Yes, he was a police officer, but most importantly he was a human being".

"This is a man that I saw every day he worked".

Residents, friends, relatives and fellow officers held back tears as they eulogized Singh during the candlelight memorial. He joined the Merced County sheriff's office as a reserve officer and worked as an animal control officer in Turlock before being hired by the Newman force in 2011.

He said Singh was also a K-9 handler whose drug-sniffing dog, Sam, was with him when he was killed.

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