Authorities arrested a Sureño gang member for the murder of California police officer Ronil Singh early Wednesday
Gustavo Perez Arriaga, a 32-year-old undocumented immigrant from Mexico, was arrested by Kern County sheriff's deputies at a home in Bakersfield, California, on Friday morning.
Singh, a 33-year-old corporal with the Newman Police Department, was shot and killed after stopping Arriaga for a suspected DUI around 1 a.m. local time on Wednesday.
Originally from Fiji, Singh served in the Newman Police force since 2011. He lived in Modesto, California, with his wife and 5-month-old son.
The news of the suspect's capture was announced at a press conference held by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, which is running the investigation.
"I was waiting for this to happen. I’d like to thank you working day and night to make this happen," Singh's younger brother Reggie said during in the press conference, addressing law enforcement.
Two other men, Adrian Virgen, 25, and Erik Razo Quiroz, 27, were arrested on Thursday for helping Arriaga escape after the shooting. Virgen is the brother of the suspect; Quiroz is his coworker.
Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said that Arriaga had crossed the border into Arizona illegally several years ago and was planning to flee to Mexico after the shooting.
Arriaga had two previous arrests for DUIs, and Singh stopped him for a suspected DUI.
Christianson argued that government policies had protected an undocumented immigrant with a criminal history. "So while we absolutely need to stay focused on Officer Singh's service and sacrifice, we can't ignore the fact that this could have been preventable," he said.
Arriaga claims he's a member of the Sureños, a Mexican American street gang from Southern California.
"All you have to do is take a look at social media, which by the way got way ahead of us again, and there's plenty of photographic evidence on and in social media, Facebook and other platforms, that clearly shows himself promoting himself as a gangster," said Christianson.
On Thursday, the sheriff's office confirmed that photos posted on social media of a man doing gang signs was the suspect they were looking for. Arriaga will be charged with homicide.