SAN FRANCISCO — Authorities say the man accused of killing a California police officer during a traffic stop has been captured.
Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said Friday that Gustavo Perez Arriaga was arrested in Bakersfield in the death of Cpl. Ronil Singh.
The sheriff says Perez Arriaga was in the country illegally after crossing the border in Arizona. He didn’t say when that happened but that he has been in the U.S. for several years.
Christianson says Perez Arriaga is from Mexico and was trying to cross back over the border before his arrest.
The sheriff says Perez Arriaga had two previous drunken driving arrests and known gang affiliations.
Christianson also took aim at so-called sanctuary laws that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.
He said if Perez Arriaga had been deported for previous DUI arrests, Singh would still be alive.
Christianson blamed California’s sanctuary law for preventing local authorities from reporting Perez Arriaga to federal immigration officials.