UPDATE (3:50 p.m.): The truck of the suspect who allegedly killed a Newman Police officer has been located.
Based on a tip, detectives with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant in the 26000 block of River Road just outside of Newman, California.
“The truck has been recovered and is being processed for evidence,” the sheriff’s office says.
A tip line has been set up at 209-525-7202, and the department is continuing to ask for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.
Previous story (9:36 a.m.)
Authorities are looking for a man they say shot and killed a police officer in Stanislaus County early Wednesday morning.
Just before 1 a.m., Officer Ronil Singh made a traffic stop at Merced Street and Eucalyptus Avenue in Newman. A few moments later he called out “shots fired” over the radio, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department said.
Multiple agencies responded to assist, and Singh, 33, was found at the scene with gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The suspect had fled the scene in his vehicle prior to assisting officers’ arrival.
A gray, extended cab Dodge Ram pickup was seen in the area at the time of the shooting.
The suspect was described as Hispanic, heavy set with black hair, and he was last seen wearing a black jacket with white Ecko brand patches on the shoulders, black T-shirt, black shoes, and a silver chain around his neck.
Detectives have photographs of the suspect and suspect vehicle.
He’s considered armed and dangerous.
Officer Singh was a native of Fiji and has been employed by 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.”
The Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect should contact Detective Michael Fisher at 209-525-7083 or dispatch at 209-552-2468.
Anyone who sees him should call 911.