The California authorities revealed on Thursday that the suspect, who was shot dead by a deadly police officer during a traffic stop earlier this week, is illegally in the US. Ronil Singh, 33, "is considered armed and dangerous," said Stanislaus County sheriff Adam Christianson during a Thursday afternoon press conference, swearing that the search continues "relentlessly."
"This suspect … is illegal in our country. He does not belong here. He is a criminal. We will find him, we will arrest him, we will hold him to account, "said Christianson.
Singh was shot dead at a traffic stop just before 1 am in Newman, about 1
Suspects were stopped by Singh for a DUI investigation before he engaged in a shoot-out with the officer during which Singh tried to defend himself, said Christianson.
"COP-KILLER" AS ITS IDENTITY REMAINS ELUSIVE
Singh had stopped at the station and reported "shots" on his radio a few minutes later, the sheriff's officers said earlier, and the suspect fled when replacement officers arrived to assist Singh, who was then taken to a hospital Later, he died of gunshot wounds, the department said.
He was shot close to the deadly attack by surveillance photographs of the suspect was shown in the Newman Food Store. The police also found the truck from which it is supposed that the suspect drove.
The authorities urged the suspect, who was still around to give himself up.
Closure of this senseless act of violence, "said Christianson. He added that he considers the hopeful prosecution "possibly earlier than later in custody".
CALIFORNIA POLICE OFFICER SHOT, DURING THE TRAFFIC STOP; SUSPECT SOUGHT
Singh was born in Fiji and had left 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 and that was it serve this country, "said Chief Randy Richardson, explaining," a coward has taken his life.
Richardson asked for help in arresting the suspect and asking him to surrender.
"We need closure. His family must be shut down, "Richardson said.
President Trump spoke on Twitter on Thursday about the manhunt in connection with his stubborn demands for a wall on the southern border with Mexico.
" At the moment there is a comprehensive manhunt in Accused California of being an illegal immigrant accused of shooting and killing a policeman during a traffic jam, "Trump tweeted ." It's time to face border security. Build the Wall! "
Fox News's Amy Lieu and The Associated Press contributed to this report.