Police on Friday arrested the illegal immigrant suspected of murdering California police officer Cpl. Ronil Singh.
In a symbolic act of justice, officers used the slain officer’s handcuffs to restrain the suspect.
“I can tell you this, Officer Singh’s handcuffs were brought down, and they’re on that guy … for his trip home,” Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said on Friday.
Police identified Singh’s alleged killer as 33-year-old Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 33. The suspect is in the U.S. illegally and reportedly has two past arrests for driving under the influence.
Arriaga also “has known gang affiliations,” according to the sheriff.
“Two others -- Arriaga's brother, Adrian Virgen, 25, and Arriaga's co-worker, Erik Razo Quiroz, 32 -- were also arrested on suspicion of trying to help Arriaga escape to Mexico,” KCRA-TV reported.
Police invited Cpl. Ronil Singh’s younger brother to say a few words during a press conference on Friday. He struggled to get through his tearful statement, but wanted to thank law enforcement for working tirelessly to catch his brother’s alleged killer.
"I'd like to thank you from the bottom of my heart...working day and night to make this happen,” he said.
Singh also leaves behind a wife and a 5-month-old son.
The tragic killing comes as President Donald Trump fights to secure funding from Congress for the border wall and additional security measures. Democrats have so far refused to approve funds to build the wall, which ultimately resulted in the government shutdown.