The man who allegedly shot and killed a California police officer earlier this week is an illegal immigrant, officials revealed on Thursday.
The suspect, considered armed and dangerous, allegedly murdered Newman police Cpl. Ronil Singh during a traffic stop just before 1 a.m. on Wednesday.
Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson told reporters on Thursday that a relentless manhunt was underway. He also dropped jaws when he revealed the suspect’s immigration status.
“This suspect … is in our country illegally. He doesn’t belong here. He is a criminal. We will find him, we will arrest him, we will bring him to justice,” Christianson said.
Here’s a photo of the wanted alleged cop killer:
“The suspect was stopped by Singh for a DUI investigation before engaging in a gunfight with the officer, during which Singh tried to defend himself, Christianson said,” Fox News reported.
The report added: “Singh had called in the traffic stop and reported ‘shots fired’ over his radio a few minutes later, sheriff's officials previously said. The suspect fled when backup officers arrived to assist Singh, who was then rushed to a hospital. He later died from his gunshot wounds, the department said.”
Singh, a Fiji native and 7-year police veteran, leaves behind a wife and 5-month-old son.
President Donald Trump responded with fury at the news on Thursday.
“There is right now a full scale manhunt going on in California for an illegal immigrant accused of shooting and killing a police officer during a traffic stop,” Trump tweeted.
He added: “Time to get tough on Border Security. Build the Wall!”
It appears the president has a point.