Deputies search for suspect accused of killing Newman officer

NEWMAN, Calif. (KCRA) —

A Newman police officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop Wednesday morning, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department said.

Officials have identified him as Officer Ronil Singh, 33.

Officials said Singh called off a traffic stop at Merced Street and Eucalyptus Avenue in Newman. Moments later, he called out “shots fired” over the radio. Multiple officers responded and found that Singh had been shot. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

The suspect fled the scene before responding officers arrived. A gray, extended cab Dodge Ram pickup was last seen in the area of the shooting. The truck has paper license plates.

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department has released photos of the unidentified suspect. They are asking the public to come forward with any information.

The Sheriff’s Department is leading the investigation.

A Blue Alert has been issued in Stanislaus, Merced, San Joaquin, Tuolumne and Santa Clara counties.

Singh was a native of Fiji and has been employed by the Newman Police Department since July 2011.

“Our Newman Police family is devastated by the loss of Ronil,” said Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson. “If anyone has any information regarding the identity of the suspect, please contact law enforcement immediately so we can get this cop-killer off the streets.”

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Deputies-search-suspect-accused-of-killing-Newman-13491296.php.

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