Suspect arrested in shooting death of California officer

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A suspected illegal immigrant suspected of shooting dead a California police officer has been arrested following a large-scale manhunt lasting two days.

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said detectives identified the suspect in the slaying of Cpl. The sheriff elaborated on Arriaga's history, explaining that he was arrested twice previously for DUIs and has known gang affiliation.

The lead agency on the investigation, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, was set to hold a news conference at 3 p.m. ET Friday. "We need closure, his family needs closure".

As a SWAT team prepared to raid the house, Perez Arriaga came out with his hands up and surrendered.

A truck believed to have been the one stopped by Singh was later found abandoned in a garage in a mobile home park about four miles from the shooting.

Christianson described Arriaga on Friday as an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, who crossed over the border into Arizona several years ago.

Trump tweeted about the shooting on Thursday, days after the December 22 partial shutdown of the federal government. "Time to get tough on Border Security". "Anyone who provided protection is going to go to jail", he said.

Christianson condemned sanctuary laws, which he said prevented local law enforcement from sharing news of Arriaga's two previous DUI arrests with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He did not specify the nature of the other warrants. To blame the law "is highly irresponsible". "He is a criminal", Christianson said Thursday. According to authorities, the suspect is in the country illegally.

"California law fully permits the sharing of information on unsafe gang members", spokesman Evan Westrup said.

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A federal judge upheld the law earlier this year in the face of a challenge from the Trump administration.

Arriaga's brother, Adrian Virgen, 25, and coworker, Erik Razo Quiroz, 32, were arrested Thursday for accessory after the fact to a felony.

De Leon also told KNX-AM radio in Los Angeles that the sheriff was politicizing a tragedy and actually harming police work. Sheriff Christianson said Virgen is Arriaga's brother and that Quiroz was his coworker.

Singh was a native of Fiji who had worked for the Newman Police Department since July 2011. Ronil Singh of the small-town Newman Police Department but didn't release his name.

A statewide search is underway in California for a man suspected of killing a police officer.

"This is a man that loved his country".

"Officer Singh's handcuffs were brought down, and they're on that guy for his trip home", Youngblood said.

Singh, the department's first officer to die in the line of duty, drove more than two hours each way to attend the police academy in Yuba City, Richardson said.

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