In­dian-ori­gin po­lice of­fi­cer Ronil Singh shot dead in Cal­i­for­nia

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New York: An In­dian-ori­gin po­lice of­fi­cer was shot and killed by an uniden­ti­fied man dur­ing a traf­fic stop in the US state of Cal­i­for­nia, of­fi­cials said.

Of­fi­cer Ronil Singh, 33, had been work­ing with the New­man Po­lice Depart­ment since July 2011. He was shot and killed dur­ing a traf­fic stop when he was “work­ing over­time on Christ­mas night to pro­vide the best for his fam­ily”, po­lice of­fi­cials said.

The Stanis­laus County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment, lead­ing a probe into Singh’s death, said that the in­ci­dent took place when he called in a traf­fic stop at Merced Street and Eu­ca­lyp­tus Av­enue in New­man.

“Mo­ments later, he called out ‘shots fired’ over the ra­dio. Mul­ti­ple of­fi­cers re­sponded and found that Singh had been shot.”

He was taken to a hos­pi­tal, where he later died, the Sher­iff’s Depart­ment said, adding that the sus­pect fled the scene in a grey, ex­tended cab Dodge Ram pickup be­fore re­spond­ing of­fi­cers ar­rived. His truck was later found on River Road, just out­side of New­man.

The Depart­ment re­leased sur­veil­lance pho­to­graphs of the sus­pect, ask­ing for any in­for­ma­tion about his iden­tity. The sus­pect pur­chased two 12 packs of beer along with a pack of cig­a­rettes, ac­cord­ing to the con­ve­nience store where his pic­ture was cap­tured on sur­veil­lance tape.

The Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol (CHP) de­scribed him as His­panic. “Sus­pect is con­sid­ered armed and dan­ger­ous and may be in pos­ses­sion of a firearm,” the CHP said. Singh was a na­tive of Fiji and had im­mi­grated to Amer­ica, KCRA3 re­ported. He was a vet­eran of over 7 years at the New­man Po­lice Depart­ment and was as­signed as a ca­nine of­fi­cer. He ear­lier served with the Merced County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment.

“He was liv­ing the Amer­i­can Dream. He im­mi­grated here from the Fiji Is­lands, just like my par­ents did, and was def­i­nitely en­joy­ing the Amer­i­can Dream,” said Sher­iff’s Depart­ment spokesman Raj Singh. Cor­po­ral Singh is sur­vived by his wife, Anamika, and 5-month son. “Our New­man Po­lice fam­ily is dev­as­tated by the loss of Ronil,” said New­man Po­lice Chief Randy Richard­son.

Flags at the Cal­i­for­nia Capi­tol flew at half staff in hon­our of Singh.

“On be­half of all Cal­i­for­ni­ans, I ex­tend our con­do­lences to Cor­po­ral Singh’s wife, young son, loved ones and col­leagues. Our hearts are with the en­tire com­mu­nity of New­man and law en­force­ment of­fi­cers who risk their lives to pro­tect and serve the peo­ple of Cal­i­for­nia,” Gover­nor Jerry Brown said in a state­ment.

The New York City Po­lice Depart­ment said: “We mourn the loss of this hero and send our con­do­lences to his friends, fam­ily and col­leagues.” The In­dian Of­fi­cers’ So­ci­ety at the NYPD tweeted that Singh was killed in the line of duty and re­called his ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

The Stanis­laus Sworn Deputies As­so­ci­a­tion es­tab­lished a memo­rial fund for Singh.

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