SAN FRANCISCO — Authorities launched a manhunt Wednesday after they mentioned a gunman shot and killed a police officer throughout a visitors cease in a small California city.
In an alert, the California Highway Patrol mentioned the suspect, whose title was not recognized, is taken into account to be armed and harmful.
Newman Cpl. Ronil Singh, 33, had referred to as within the visitors cease early Wednesday, saying he was pulling over a gray pickup truck that had no license plate, and some minutes later reported photographs fired over his radio, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Royjinder Singh mentioned.
Multiple businesses responded and located Singh with gunshot wounds. They rushed the husband and father of an toddler boy to a hospital, the place he was pronounced lifeless.
Ground and air items had been trying to find the suspect primarily based on surveillance photographs taken at a comfort retailer shortly earlier than the assault in Newman, about 100 miles southeast of San Francisco.
In the photographs, the heavyset suspect with quick darkish hair is carrying a thick chain necklace, denims, a darkish T-shirt and a darkish jacket with white Ecko model patches on the shoulders. Surveillance footage additionally captured the suspect’s automobile, a gray Ram pickup with paper dealership plates, matching the outline that Singh had referred to as in.
A truck believed to have been the one stopped by Singh was later present in a storage in a cell house park about 4 miles from the capturing.
Authorities later positioned the automobile and mentioned it was being processed for proof.
“We have sent out information to law enforcement up and down the state, as well as outside California,” mentioned Sgt. Tom Letras, a sheriff’s spokesman.
Singh was a local of Fiji and had labored since July 2011 for the police division in Newman, a city of about 10,000 folks. Earlier in his profession, Singh labored as a deputy with the Merced County Sheriff’s Department.
“He was living the American dream,” mentioned Stanislaus deputy Singh, who is just not associated to the slain officer however knew him. After emigrating from Fiji, Ronil Singh went to the police academy and received his dream job, the deputy mentioned, including that “he loved camping, loved hunting, loved fishing, loved his family.”
On his Facebook web page, Ronil Singh posted footage on Christmas Eve from a deep-sea fishing journey that produced a giant haul of crabs and fish. The profile image reveals him smiling as he stands at a patrol automotive with a canine — the identical of the officer launched by the sheriff’s division.
Singh is survived by his spouse, Anamika, and a 5-month-old son, authorities mentioned.
Outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown supplied condolences to Singh’s household and mentioned flags on the Capitol would fly at half-staff in his honor.
“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,” Brown mentioned.