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Gustavo Perez Arriaga, the man accused of shooting, killing Newman Police Corporal Ronil 'Ron' Singh captured

Gustavo Perez Arriaga, the man accused of shooting, killing Newman Police Corporal Ronil 'Ron' Singh captured

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Gustavo Perez Arriaga, the man accused of shooting and killing Newman Police Corporal Ronil 'Ron' Singh was taken into custody Friday morning.

Gustavo Perez Arriaga, the man accused of shooting and killing Newman Police Corporal Ronil "Ron" Singh has been captured.

A total of seven other people who, authorities believe, misled law enforcement about his whereabouts or aided him in fleeing were also arrested.

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The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office says that Arriaga was taken into custody, using Cpl. Singh's handcuffs, nearly 200 miles away in the Kern County town of Lamont early Friday morning.

The suspect's brother, 25-year-old Adrian Virgen, and a co-worker, 32-year-old Erik Razo Quiroz, were also arrested on "accessory after the fact" charges for attempting to protect Arriaga. Authorities say both men are also in the country illegally.

: Three people arrested in connection with the police officer shooting. Suspect along with suspect’s brother and co-worker. @ABC30

Another brother of Arriaga, 34-year-old Conrado Virgen Mendoza from Chowchilla, and Arriaga's girlfriend, 30-year-old Ana Leyde Cervantes of Newman, were arrested on Friday for aiding Arriaga in evading authorities following the murder of Corporal Singh, Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department said on Friday night. Their booking photos were released, along with that of Arriaga.

Kern County Sheriff's Donny Youngblood said that three additional people were also arrested in the South Valley for aiding and abetting Arriaga.

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Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson says that Arriaga was attempting to make his way to Mexico when he was arrested. He was found at a house in Lamont, California that was being monitored by law enforcement.

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According to Kern County Sheriff, when SWAT deputies surrounded that home, Arriaga surrendered without incident. Three additional people were arrested from the house for aiding and abetting, they include 59-year-old Bernabe Madrigal Castaneda, 36-year-old Erasmo Villegas and 57-year-old Maria Luisa Moreno.View image on Twitter

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Full press release from Kern County Sheriff’s Officer regarding arrest of accused cop killer Gustavo Arriaga. @ABC30

Sheriff Christianson says that Arriaga was a member of the Sureños street gang and had been arrested twice before on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.

This is a triple-split photo of Erik Razo Quiroz, Gustavo Perez Arriaga and Adrian Virgen, who were arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a Newman police officer.

The Sheriff said that Arriaga crossed into Arizona from Mexico illegally a couple of years ago and it is believed that he had been working on farms in California's Central Valley.

VIDEO: Brother of slain cop tearfully thanks deputies after arrest
Reggie Singh, brother of fallen Newman Police Corporal Ronil 'Ron' Singh, tearfully thanked deputies after an arrest was made in the case.

Arriaga is accused of killing Corporal Singh when he conducted a traffic stop on Arriaga's pickup truck in the small town of Newman early Wednesday morning, for suspicion of driving under the influence.

As he pulled over the vehicle, Corporal Singh described it to dispatchers as a silver Dodge Ram with paper plates from AR Auto, a dealership in the city of Merced.

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Moments later, Singh called in for shots fired.

Several deputies from both Stanislaus and Merced counties responded, where they found the truck and suspect gone and Corporal Singh lying on the ground. He was rushed to a nearby hospital but died from his injuries.

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That set off a statewide search for the suspect and his truck. Law enforcement quickly released surveillance video from a store showing the suspect.

The truck was found outside the city of Newman in a mobile home park on Wednesday afternoon, but the suspect was not found in the area.

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