'We Need to Know Who's in Our Communities': CA Sheriff Says Suspected Cop Killer in US Illegally
Legal immigrant officer killed in traffic stop.
UPDATE: The illegal immigrant suspected in the murder of police officer Ronil Singh was arrested Friday near Bakersfield.
A northern California sheriff said Thursday on "The Ingraham Angle" that a man who is in the U.S. illegally is the suspect in the murder of a Newman, Calif., police officer.
Cpl. Ronil Singh, 33, was shot and killed early Wednesday by a man who opened fire at a traffic stop and fled the scene.
Police are unsure of the suspect's name, but he was captured on surveillance video shortly before the shooting.
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The suspect's gray Dodge Ram pickup was located at a mobile home park outside the city. The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant at a home there, and one resident told local media that he recognized the suspect as his neighbor.
Sheriff Adam Christianson told Lisa Boothe that the suspect is considered armed and dangerous and they believe he may have been using multiple aliases. He said it's unclear whether the suspect had a previous criminal history in the United States.
Singh was a legal immigrant from Fiji who leaves behind a wife and a five-month-old son. Christianson said Singh was known for his hard work, having worked for multiple departments in the area. He stressed how hard Singh worked to become a police officer and to learn and perfect his English.
"Officer Singh is the shining example of what immigration in America should be. ... Unfortunately, he sacrificed his life trying to protect and defend his community," said Christianson, adding that Singh is the Newman Police Department's first death in the line of duty.
Christianson said Singh's murder and the ongoing manhunt for the suspect highlight the illegal immigration problem in California, where controversial sanctuary laws limit cooperation between police and ICE.
"Immigration is good for America, if done legally," he said.
"Illegal immigration doesn't serve our communities, especially criminals who victimize and exploit our communities. Whether you hate the president or love the president, border security goes hand-in-hand with national security, the safety of our communities, and public safety. We need to know who is in our communities that shouldn't be. We should be focusing on criminal activity without political interference."
Watch the full interview above.