Officer, Ronil Singh shot, killed during traffic stop in California
A 33-year-old Newman police officer, Ronil Singh was shot dead during traffic stop in California on Wednesday. The shooting took place around 1:00 am. The victim was working overtime on Christmas Day. He tried to stop a vehicle, but the driver shot him multiple times.
Ronil Singh called out ‘shots fired’ over the radio, following which many agencies rushed to the spot to assist him. He was transported to a local hospital where he was declared brought dead. The suspect fled the scene in his vehicle.
The department has launched a manhunt to find the suspect on Wednesday. The California Highway Patrol briefed the media that the suspect is believed to be armed and dangerous. The suspect was driving a grey Dodge Ram pickup truck. The department has sent out details of the suspect all across the state and outside California. In the photos, the suspect with short dark hair was wearing thick chain necklace, a dark hoodie with jeans.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department told the media, “Our Newman Police family is devastated by the loss of Ronil. Our hearts are with the entire community of Newman and law enforcement officers across the state who risks their lives every day to protect and serve the people of California.”
Outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown offered his condolences to Ronil Singh’s family. He ordered his department to fly the flags at the capital would fly at half mast in his honor.
Ronil Singh was a native of Fiji. He was working with the police department in Newman since 2011. Before, He worked as a deputy with the Merced County Sheriff’s Department. He was survived by his wife, Anamika, and a 5-month-old son.