Authorities hunt California police officer's killer

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Singh had been employed with the Newman Police Department since 2011.

Newman Police Officer Ronil Singh, 33, was shot and killed during a traffic stop just before 1:00 a.m.

It said the suspect had fled the scene in his vehicle before the police arrived.

Newman is situated near Modesto in Stanislaus County.

Police agencies in and out of California were alerted to watch for the heavyset, chain-wearing suspect in Wednesday's slaying of 33-year-old Cpl.

After emigrating from Fiji, Ronil Singh went to the police academy and got his dream job, the deputy said, adding that "he loved camping, loved hunting, loved fishing, loved his family".

Ronil Singh is shown in a photo posted to Facebook by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department on December 26, 2018.

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A 33-year-old Indian-origin police officer in the U.S. state of California has been killed after being shot by an "armed" unidentified gunman while he was conducting a traffic stop. Authorities were looking for a man seen in surveillance photos at a convenience store shortly before the shooting.

Authorities described the suspect as armed and risky.

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

He had previously served with the two other police departments in the US.

California Governor Edmund Brown extended his condolences to Mr Singh's wife, their young son and colleagues. California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered all flags fly at half-staff in honor of Singh.

"At 12:57 AM, Officer Singh called off on a traffic stop at Merced Street and Eucalyptus Avenue in Newman".

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

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