California – Newman PD Corporal Ronil Singh,33, was shot and killed at around 1 a.m. Wednesday after pulling over a vehicle. The suspect is still at large, and police have issued an alert for Stanislaus, Merced, San Joaquin, Tuolumne and Santa Clara counties.
UPDATE: the suspect in this murder is in the United States illegally, according to authorities. The truck he was driving has been located, but he is still at large. His name has not yet been released.
Singh pulled over a pickup in the primarily residential area of Newman, which is about 70 miles east of San Jose. A few seconds later he came over the radio to say “shots fired.”
The Modesto Bee reported,
“Multiple agencies arrived on scene, where they found Singh suffering from gunshot wounds. He was alive when another officer arrived. Singh was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Sheriff’s Department reported later in the morning that Singh is survived by his wife, 5-month-old son, his parents and a brother.
It appears the shooting took place in front of or across the street from a utility station at the northeast corner of the intersection.”
— CHP – Alerts (@CHPAlerts) December 26, 2018
Blue alerts are issued for any incident in which a police officer was a victim of violence.
Corporal Singh was also a K9 officer. His dog was reportedly with him but was not injured (which is unlike some other incidents in the past week in which the K9s were shot). He was a native of Fiji.
Singh worked as a deputy with the Merced County Sheriff’s Department in 2010 and worked for the Turlock Police Department from 2006 to 2010.
“The Turlock Police Department mourns the loss of Corporal Ronil Singh of the Newman Police Department Ronil was a good man who started his career with the TPD as a cadet. His dream and desire was to be a police officer and to be there to serve his community. He chose to be the light in the darkness and to do so without hesitation. We are all devastated and are in mourning. He was loved and will always be in our hearts.” Chief Nino Armifar of the Turlock Police Department