STANISLAUS COUNTY, CA (The Los Angeles Times) – A man who was in the country illegally and had known gang ties was arrested Friday in the fatal shooting of a police officer in Stanislaus County, authorities said.
Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 32, who had prior arrests for drunk driving, was arrested in Bakersfield as he was trying to flee to Mexico, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said at a news conference Friday.
The suspect’s 25-year-old brother, Adrian Virgen, and a coworker, 32-year-old Erik Razo Quiroz, both of whom were also in the country illegally, were arrested for allegedly hindering the investigation, he said.
At 12:57 a.m. Wednesday, Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh radioed that he was pulling over a vehicle at Merced Street and Eucalyptus Avenue in Newman, authorities said. Minutes later, he called out “shots fired” over the radio, they said.
“It was a gunfight,” Christianson said at an earlier news conference Thursday. “Cpl. Singh absolutely tried to defend himself and stop this credible threat.”
The officers who responded found Singh, 33, had been shot and the motorist he stopped was gone. Singh was taken to a hospital, where he died.