Authorities Launch Manhunt After Killing of Police Officer

Authorities Launch Manhunt After Killing of Police Officer

Authorities say the gunman shot and killed a police officer during a traffic stop in the small California town of Newman about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

It was a hard way to finish Boxing Day for the Singh family of Naitata, Navua after receiving news of their son, Ronil Singh being shot in the line of duty in California.

The suspect had already left the scene before additional officers arrived.

He is to be considered armed and unsafe. Working on a tip-off, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department detectives served a search warrant in the 26000 block of River Road just outside of Newman.

Singh was a native of Fiji and had worked since July 2011 for the police department in Newman, a town of about 10,000 people.

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Investigators say the suspect's vehicle had an "AR Auto" paper license plate. The late Mr Singh is survived by his Anamika wife and a 5-month old son.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department will be leading the investigation.

"He was living the American Dream, I'll put it that way", said Royjinder Singh, who called him a friend.

Cpl. Ronil Singh became the 51st law enforcement officer in the U.S.to be fatally shot this year in the line of duty. California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered all flags fly at half-staff in honor of Singh.

The New York Police Department, in a separate tweet, said after years of service with the Newman Police Department, "Singh was shot & killed while conducting a traffic stop shortly after Christmas day".

"Our Newman Police family is devastated by the loss of Ronil", said Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson.

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