The authorities said they arrested two more people this week in connection with the shooting of a Californian police officer this week and increased the total number of arrested suspects to eight , The couple was identified as the girlfriend and brother of the alleged shooter.
Investigators may also have found the murder weapon, the Sacramento Bee reported.
On Friday, the authorities said they had arrested the illegal immigrant they believe Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh early Wednesday. This suspect was identified as Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 32, who was arrested at Lamont near Bakersfield, some 200 miles south of Newman, where the officer was killed, according to Bee. He was on his way to his native Mexico, the authorities believe.
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. "We were never more than a step behind this guy," Stanislaus County sheriff Adam Christianson said of the two-day hunt for Arriaga. The authorities said Arriaga was charged with murdering the death of Singh, a seven-year veteran of the Newman force.
Later on Friday, the authorities announced the arrest of Arriaga's girlfriend, Ana Leyde Cervantes, 30, of Newman, and Arriaga's brother, Conrado Virgen Mendoza, 34, of Chowchilla. Cervantes was arrested in Turlock and Mendoza in Livermore, said the sheriff department of Stanislaus County.
Both were arrested on suspicion of supporting Arriaga, authorities said, but details were not immediately available.
Sgt. Tom Letras, a spokesman for the sheriff's department, told the Bee that the investigators had found a handgun that might have been used in the shooting, but he could not comment further.
Before the deadly shooting on Wednesday, Corporal Singh had pulled over Arriaga's vehicle for a DUI investigation. Soon a shootout broke out and Singh shot back to try to defend himself, said Christianson.
The suspect escaped when substitute officers came to help Singh, who had died in a hospital of gunshot wounds.
Christianson, whose department has done so He said he had handled the case, told reporters at a press conference that Arriaga had been illegally in the US after crossing the Arizona border. It was not clear when this crossing took place.
The authorities said they also arrested Arriaga's other brother, Adrian Virgen, 25, and his colleague Erik Razo Quiroz, 27, for attempting to mislead investigators into suspecting Christianson. They were arrested because they were following a crime accessory, the sheriff's office said in a Facebook post.
Both men were also illegal in the country, said Christianson.
Also, three people from Bakersfield were arrested. They were identified as Bernabe Madrigal Casteneda, 59; Ermasmo Villegas, 36; and Maria Luisa Moreno, 57, both of whom were charged on suspicion of helpfulness, reported the Modesto Bee. [Thursday] Sherlock Donny Youngblood of Kern County told reporters at a news conference on Thursday that the suspect was somewhere in between. It was assumed that Modesto and Bakersfield were heading for Mexico.
Surveillance teams were deployed in several communities, and the authorities were able to obtain a search warrant for the residence where the suspect was located, Youngblood said. When a SWAT team moved in, the suspect came out with his hands up and surrendered. "
" If you use a weapon against a police officer, you can run, but you can not hide.
"If you use a weapon against a police officer, you can run, but you can not hide," said Youngblood.
Officer Singh's handcuffs became loud Sheriff later used on the suspect
"For a suspect to have taken an officer under the influence of driving under the influence is not logical for me and for anyone," said Youngblood, "but in today's world, there is none Traffic and no contact. "
The Stanislaus Sworn Deputies Union has established a memorial to Singer's honor.
Singh was an immigrant who came legally from his homeland. The authorities said Fiji had fulfilled his dream, Singh joined the 12-member Newman police in July 2011.
He is survived by his wife and a five-month-old son 659005] Newman police chief Randy Richardson calls Singh a patriot.
a man who loved his country. This is a man who worked hard for what he believed. He believed in this community, "said the chief in a vigil, in which he held the officer in honor.
Inhabitants, friends, relatives, and fellow human officers held back tears as they praised Singh by candlelight during the remembrance.  Elizabeth Zwirz, Greg Norman, William LaJeunesse, and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.