An illegal Mexican immigrant wanted earlier this week to kill a Californian police officer was arrested on Friday trying to flee across the southern border, officials said on suspicion of a two-day mass hunt after the alleged police murderer.
Authorities say he tried to leave the country under strict surveillance before his arrest.
"We've never been more than a step behind this guy," said Sheriff Adam Christianson of the Stanislaus County Sheriff Division.
He told reporters that Arriaga was a well-known gang member illegally residing in Arizona after crossing the border It was unclear when he came to the US
"While we must focus on the service and sacrifice of Officer Singh, we can not ignore the fact that this could have been prevented" said Christianson, noting how Arriaga went about several clashes with police ̵
"Under SB54 in California, based on two arrests for DUI and several other active ones Arrest warrants this criminal has out there Enforcement would have been prevented – forbidden – from giving the ICE any information about this criminal Report the gang member, "the sheriff explained.
"Gentlemen, do not protect a community."
Two other men were arrested on Friday, including Arriaga's brother, who allegedly lied to Cops and helped him escape.
Arriaga is charged with the murder of Newman police officer Ronil Singh, who, like himself, was an immigrant.
Amer ica had a single purpose, and that was to serve that country, "said Newman police chief Randy Richardson, calling Singh an" American patriot. "
The 8-year-old veteran patrolled Wednesday when he spotted Arriaga driving a car without a car license plate. He pulled him close and checked to see if Arriaga was drunk, and told him to open the fire and flee.
Proponents of the border walls, including President Trump, justified the preventive immigration policy.
A large-scale persecution that took place in California over an illegal immigrant accused of shooting and killing a police officer during a traffic stop, "Trump tweeted on Thursday. "It is time to face border security. Build the wall! "