Police killing suspect was fleeing to Mexico, sheriff says
Authorities say the man suspected of gunning down a California policeman has been arrested while preparing to flee to his native Mexico.
A two-day statewide manhunt ended Friday with the arrest of Gustavo Perez Arriaga at a Bakersfield, California, home. He’s expected to be charged with killing Cpl. Ronil Singh, a 33-year-old Newman police officer who was shot after stopping a suspected drunken driver in the tiny San Joaquin Valley town.
The case inflamed the debate over immigration because authorities say Perez Arriaga had crossed into the U.S. illegally.
At a news conference, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson argued that the slaying could have been prevented if California’s sanctuary law hadn’t prevented local authorities from reporting Perez Arriaga — who had gang affiliations — to immigration officials after two previous DUI arrests.
But a spokesman for Gov. Jerry Brown says the law permits sharing information on dangerous gang members with federal authorities.
A suspected drunk 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. (Dec. 28)