Funeral To Honor Slain Maryland Police Officer

(NEWMAN, Calif.) -- Slain California police officer Ronil Singh will be recognized with a solemn procession and honor guard visitation on Friday.

Cpl. Singh, 33, a native of Fiji who dedicated his life to law enforcement, was shot dead in the line of duty early on Dec. 26.

President Donald Trump -- who tweeted about the case when authorities said the suspected killer was an undocumented immigrant -- spoke with Singh's family and local California law enforcement officers on Thursday, said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

The suspect, Gustavo Perez Arriaga, fled after shooting Singh at a traffic stop, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department. Arriaga was arrested two days later in Bakersfield, California, 200 miles south of where the alleged crime took place. Arriaga, an undocumented immigrant, was allegedly trying to flee to Mexico, authorities said.

Singh had been with the Newman Police Department since July 2011, the sheriff's office said. He previously served with the Merced County Sheriff’s Department, according to California Gov. Jerry Brown.

Singh leaves behind a wife and 5-month-old son.

"This is a man that I saw every day he worked," an emotional Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson said of Singh. "This is a man that I relieved on Christmas Day so he could go home and spend some time with his family and his newborn child."

"He truly loved what he did," added Richardson. "You've never seen a man smile more than him."

Singh's funeral will take place Saturday.

At his arraignment Wednesday, Arriaga told the judge that his real name is Paulo Virgen Mendoza and that Gustavo Arriaga is one of his aliases, ABC San Francisco station KGO reported. At least three aliases were listed on Arriaga's criminal complaint.

Several others have been arrested for allegedly helping Arriaga.

Arriaga did not enter a plea during the hearing and his attorney questioned his mental competency, according to KGO. The case has been suspended until he receives a mental health evaluation.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Source :

Slain California officer Ronil Singh to be recognized with procession, honor guard viewing
Route To Honor Slain PG County Police Officer Friday
Hundreds of cars join procession for slain Maryland officer
Funeral honors slain Maryland police officer
Hundreds Honor Slain Maryland Police Officer Amy Caprio
‘He lived and died for us’: Thousands gather to honor slain Birmingham police officer Sgt. Wytasha Carter
'Hero workout' honors slain Davis Officer Natalie Corona
Communities in California, Louisiana bid final farewells to slain police officers
The Latest: Slain Maryland police officer laid to rest