The illegal immigrant wanted for the murder of a Californian police officer was arrested on Friday after being on the run for more than two days, an official who accused the case of the deadly meeting was avoidable.
Stanislaus County sheriff Adam Christianson announced the capture of the suspect – as Gustavo Perez Arriaga – in Bakersfield, about 280 miles southeast of Newman, where Cpl. Ronil Singh was gunned down early Wednesday. The arrest was confirmed by the offices of the Sherry of Fresno County and Kern County.
Christianson, whose department handled the case, told reporters at a press conference that Arriaga was from Mexico and was illegally in the US after crossing the Arizona border. However, it was not clear when this intersection had taken place.
Christianson said the suspect had been in the country for several years and tried to cross the border before the shootings took place.
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The suspect had known gang alterations and two past DUI arrests, said Christianson.
The suspect was stopped by Singh for a DUI investigation before being shot and killed The officer during which Singh tried to defend himself, said Christianson at a separate press conference on Thursday.
The authorities also said they arrested two others – 25-year-old Adrian Virgen and 27-year-old Erik Razo Quiroz – who, according to Christianson, would have tried , to be led astray investigators in an effort to protect the suspect. The sheriff's office said on Facebook that Arriaga is being charged with murder. Virgen and Quiroz were arrested and charged with being a crime after an act, the guard said.
Referring to the question of whether Singh's death could be prevented, Christianson noted that the law enforcement authorities had previously been able to present the suspect to the immigration and customs authorities. Because of his criminal record, the loss of life may never have occurred.
"While we must focus on the service and sacrifice of Officer Singh, we can not ignore the fact that this could have been avoided," said Christianson. "According to SB54 in California, which was based on two arrests of DUI and some other active arrest warrants for this criminal, the prosecution would have been prevented from sharing information about this criminal gang member with ICE." Ladies and Gentlemen, Protect no community. "
At a separate press conference, Sheriff Donny Youngblood of Kern County told reporters that he had been informed Thursday that the suspect was somewhere between Modesto and Bakersfield, and Mexico was heading in the direction.
Surveillance teams were deployed in various 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.
Officer Singh's handcuffs were later used on the suspect, "the sheriff said.
"When you use a weapon against a weapon." Policeman, you can run, but you can not hide, Youngblood said.
The arrest was made by members of the Kern County in contact with officials of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), FBI, Homeland Security and Newman and Bakersfield Police, said the sheriff's office on Facebook.
In addition, three others – identified as Bernabe Madrigal Castaneda (59), Erasmo Villegas (36) and Maria Luisa Moreno, 57, were arrested for helpfulness, Youngblood said, adding that further arrests could be expected.
The announcement of this came almost a day after Newman police chief Randy Richardson had made an emotional appeal to the suspect's head.  "A coward has taken his life," Richardson said. "We need closure. His family needs closure.
The suspect may have ties to a violent Mexican-American street gang as a picture circulates on social media and has been authenticated by investigators early Friday.
The photo shows the alleged "policeman" killer " posing in a tank top with a metal chain around his neck and a big flaming skull tattoo on his right arm. Under the tattoo is the word "$ ur3no $", which according to police in Washington State is Spanish for "southerners".
"Sureños are a group of Mexican-American street gangs originating in southern California (south of Bakersfield)," writes a profile of the group in a police detective code has the prison gang [California] Mexican mafia, aka "La Eme", loyalty held.
Recently, the gang was accused of murder and human smuggling on the border between the US and Mexico.
Christianson said on Thursday that police have owned a lorry that was allegedly led by the suspect Singh's killing.
The man seems to have at least five Facebook profiles, each with a different alias. Four of the sites claim that he is from the Mexican state of Colima on the Pacific coast and contain pictures of him with a visible Sureños tattoo and silver chain. Some of the sites are Facebook friends among each other.
One of the profiles allegedly belonging to the person contains numerous pictures of pistols and weapons, and several pictures of him holding his arms while holding a pistol.
Singh was a native of Fiji, leaving behind a wife and a five-month-old son. The policeman who joined the force in the summer of 2011 fondly remembered Newman's police chief who said that Singh "really loved what he did."
"He came to this country for a single purpose "Richardson said."
The Association of Sworn MPs Stanislaus has set up a memorial fund in honor of Singh.
William LaJeunesse of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this Report at.