Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, who led the investigation, blamed California's sanctuary law for preventing local authorities from reporting Perez Arriaga to US immigration officials for deportation after two previous drunken driving arrests.
Kern County sheriff's deputies arrested Gustavo Perez Arriaga in a home in Bakersfield, California, about 280 miles southeast of Newman, where Cpl.
On Friday, heavily armed police officers surrounded the Bakersfield home where they believed Arriaga was hiding and he walked out with his hands up, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told reporters. Two additional men face charges for helping Arriaga escape. They were accused of being accessories after the fact to a felony.
The lead agency on the investigation, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, was joined at the news conference by members of Singh's family. ". I thank you all, and the police department of Newman, for giving Ron an awesome time, the time he worked over here".
Christianson had initially given Arriaga's age as 33, but authorities later said he was 32.
There was a gunfight as Singh "absolutely tried to defend himself" but he apparently didn't hit the suspect, Christianson said.
Christianson spoke about making laws stricter as Singh's brother wept beside him. This suspect is in our country illegally. "He came to this country with one goal and that was to serve this country", said Richardson who added when he came to this country, all he wanted to do was become a police officer. He came to the United States from Fiji, authorities said. Ronil Singh of the small-town Newman Police Department.
Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson said at a Friday news conference that this has never happened in the history of the 12-member department. The announcement of arrests comes after a statewide manhunt for the suspect.
President Trump has cited the killing as a justification for his proposed wall on the border with Mexico. The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department shared that their son was 5 months old.
President Donald Trump, whose demand that Congress approve $5 billion for a US southern border wall has led to a partial government shutdown, tweeted Thursday about Singh's killing, ending with: "Time to get tough on Border Security".
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.
"Ronil Singh was my older brother - he is not coming back", said Reggie Singh during a Friday press conference.