Killing of Ronil Singh

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Ronil Singh was an American police officer who was shot and killed in December 2018 in Newman, California by a driver he had pulled over on suspicion of driving while drunk.


Singh (33,) grew up in the town of Naitata, Navua, Fiji.[1] He emigrated to California in 2003 with his family. He attended police academy and joined the Newman, California Police Department in 2011.[2] He was shot by a motorist whom he had pulled over because he appeared to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.[3][4][5]

The shooter drove off and was captured after a 55-hour manhunt.[6] He was arrested as he attempted to flee across the border to his home country of Mexico.[7]


The accused murderer, a citizen of Mexico, was in the United States illegally,[2][8] and had previously been charged with driving under the influence. He was wanted for failing to serve his sentence on two previous charges.

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson stated that the suspect had twice been arrested for driving under the influence, and that he spoke openly about being affiliated with a gang.[7][9] His first arrest for a felony DUI with an injury to a man was on August 14, 2011.[10] He was arrested on a second misdemeanor DUI on June 5, 2014.[10] A court sentenced him to serve five days in jail, and three years of probation for the 2011 DUI, and to enroll in a DUI program. He never showed up and when he shot Singh four years later the warrant was still outstanding.[10][11]

The suspected shooter was scheduled to appear in court in January 2015 to be arraigned for his second DUI case, but he never showed up, court records show. A warrant was then issued for his arrest.[12] He appeared in court on January 2, 2019 and was charged with the murder of Officer Singh.

Political attention[edit]

President Trump drew attention to the crime immediately after the arrest,[7][13] and in a January 9, 2019 in an address from the Oval Office on the need to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, saying, "“America’s heart broke the day after Christmas when a young police officer in California was savagely murdered in cold blood by an illegal alien, who just came across the border,... The life of an American hero was stolen by someone who had no right to be in our country.”[14][6] Singh's brother, Reggi Singh, accompanied President Trump on a visit to the Mexican border with Texas.[6]

Stanislaus County Sheriff Christianson said that, “Law enforcement was prohibited because of sanctuary laws, and that led to the encounter with Officer Singh,... “I’m suggesting that the outcome could have been different if law enforcement wasn’t restricted, prohibited or had their hands tied because of political interference.”[9][7]

The case has been compared to the 2015 Shooting of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco and the 2018 Killing of Mollie Tibbetts in Iowa.[15][16][17] Nicole Malliotakis wrote that , "Corporal Singh’s name must now be added to the growing list of Americans that includes Kate Steinle, Kayla Cuevas, Nisa Mickens, and Mollie Tibbetts, who were all killed by individuals who were unlawfully in our nation. The most recent victim, 22 year-old Pierce Kennedy Corcoran, was killed by an unlicensed and uninsured illegal immigrant driver on the last Saturday of 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The simple fact is, if we had stronger border security in lieu of sanctuary policies that protect those in our country illegally, these six young (average age 23) Americans, would still be alive today."[18]

Governor Brown has denied that the Ronil Singh's death had anything to do with California's new sanctuary law.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kumar, Vishaal (2018-12-28). "Family shocked; laments loss of loved one". Fiji Times. Archived from the original on 2018-12-28. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  2. ^ a b Nguyen, Daisy (5 January 2019). "Slain officer Ronil Singh called 'American hero' at funeral". Press Democrat. AP. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  3. ^ California authorities arrest, identify suspect and 7 others in officer's shooting death
  4. ^ "Fiji-born officer shot and killed while on duty in Newman, California". Fiji Sun. 2018-12-27. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  5. ^ Brittny Mejia (December 27, 2018). "California cop killed in line of duty was always there for his small town: 'It was in his blood'". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Guerra, Patty (10 January 2019). "Brother of Newman Corporal Ronil Singh appears with President Trump in visit to border". Modesto Bee. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d Rodriguez, Olga; Gecker, Jocelyn (28 December 2018). "Suspect in California officer's shooting death is captured". Washington Post. AP. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  8. ^ Dalvin Brown (December 28, 2018). "Sheriff: Man arrested in killing of California cop has known gang affiliations". USA Today. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Brice-Sadler, Michael (29 December 2018). "Suspect, 7 others, arrested in fatal shooting of California police officer". Washington Post. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  10. ^ a b c Oliver, Kevin (10 January 2019). "Suspect in Newman officer's slaying was wanted man for nearly 4 years". KCRA-TV. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  11. ^ Perez, Chris (28 December 2018). "Suspected cop-killer captured in California, officials blame sanctuary law". New York Post. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Mexican man charged with killing California cop gets mental health exam". Chicago Tribune. AP. 2 January 2019. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  13. ^ Mele, Christopher (28 December 2018). "Suspect Arrested in Shooting Death of California Police Officer". New York Times. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  14. ^ Monduy, Sydney (10 January 2019). "Brother of Cop Killed by Illegal Immigrant: 'It Felt Good' to Hear Trump Speak up for My Family in Address". Independent Journal Review. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  15. ^ Mejia, Brittny (11 January 2011). "Newman officer's killing stirs a familiar fear: 'I hope to God the suspect isn't Latino'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  16. ^ Root, Wayne Allen (9 January 2019). "A wall works for Israel — why not us?". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  17. ^ Scaringi, Marc A. (9 January 2019). "Yes, President Trump can declare a national emergency to build the wall". The Patriot-News. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  18. ^ Maliotakis, Nocole (9 January 2019). "Immigration deal or no deal? America's watching". Staten Island Advance. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  19. ^ Chaitin, Daniel (6 January 2019). "Jerry Brown: Death of police officer Ronil Singh 'had nothing to do' with California's 'sanctuary' status". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 22 January 2019.

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