Sus­pect in Cal­i­for­nia of­fi­cer’s shoot­ing death is cap­tured

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A sus­pected drunken driver ac­cused of fa­tally shoot­ing the Cal­i­for­nia po­lice of­fi­cer who pulled him over was cap­tured Fri­day as he tried to flee back to Mex­ico, where he lived be­fore il­le­gally cross­ing into the U.S., au­thor­i­ties said.

The sher­iff whose agency was lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion blamed Cal­i­for­nia’s sanc­tu­ary law for pre­vent­ing lo­cal au­thor­i­ties from re­port­ing Perez Ar­riaga to fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials for pre­vi­ous ar­rests. If the sus­pect had been de­ported, he said, Cpl. Ronil Singh of the tiny New­man Po­lice Depart­ment would still be alive.

Gus­tavo Perez Ar­riaga crossed the bor­der in Ari­zona sev­eral years ago and had worked a va­ri­ety of jobs as a la­borer, in­clud­ing at sev­eral dairies. He also had two prior ar­rests for driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated, Stanis­laus County Sher­iff Adam Chris­tian­son said.

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