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Police officer fatally shot, sparking manhunt in California

Police officer fatally shot, sparking manhunt in California
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Authorities throughout California were hunting the man suspected of killing a policeman during a traffic stop in a small Central Valley town.

The public was asked for information about his identity and the California Highway Patrol warned that he was considered armed and dangerous.

This Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018 image from a surveillance camera video and provided by the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department shows a suspect police are searching for in connection to the fatal shooting of an officer during a traffic stop in Northern California.

Stanislaus County Sheriff s Department via AP

Singh was shot a few minutes after radioing in that he was pulling over a grey pickup truck that had no licence plate in Newman, a town of about 10,000 people some 160 kilometres southeast of San Francisco.

Singh was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police investigate the scene of a shooting that took the life of Newman Police Officer Ronil Singh, 33, on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in Newman, Calif.

Deke Farrow/The Modesto Bee via AP

A ground and air search began. Authorities were looking for a man seen in surveillance photos at a convenience store shortly before the shooting.

He appeared to be a heavy man with short, dark hair, a silver chain, jeans, dark T-shirt and a dark jacket with white Ecko brand patches on the shoulders.

Newman detectives asked anyone with information about the man’s identity to contact them.

“We have sent out information to law enforcement up and down the state, as well as outside California,” Letras said.

A truck believed to have been the one stopped by Singh was later found in a garage in a mobile home park about 6 kilometres from the shooting. Investigators were examining it, police said.

Singh was a native of Fiji and the father of an infant son. He joined the Newman police force in 2011. Earlier in his career, Ronil Singh worked as a deputy with the Merced County Sheriff’s Department.

This undated photo provided by the Newman Police Department shows officer Ronil Singh of Newman Police Department who was killed by an unidentified suspect.

Stanislaus County Sheriff s Department via AP

“He loved camping, loved hunting, loved fishing, loved his family,” the deputy said.
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