The California police corporal shot and killed in the line of duty on Wednesday morning is being remembered by friends and family as an “action hero” who always embraced the next adventure in his life.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh conducted a traffic stop early on the morning of his death.
The driver of the pickup truck he pulled over reportedly opened fire before driving off. As of the latest updates available, the suspect was still at large.
Singh was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
This poor family took this amazing Christmas photo last night, unaware it would be their last together. Officer Singh would be shot and killed 5 hours later. Prayers for the Newman Police and their families.
A Blue Alert is still Active in Calif. As the Suspect is still At-large pic.twitter.com/WX40nnIMiH
— Blue Alert (@BlueAlertUs) December 26, 2018
As his uncle wrote in a Facebook post following the tragic news, the officer was “working overtime on Christmas night to provide the best for his family” at the time he was gunned down.
In addition to posting images of his nephew and family, Ugesh Yogi Singh described the officer as “a very adventurous and beautiful soul, taken away too soon.”
He described Ronil Singh as his “family’s action hero,” calling him “a great role model for our next generation of Indo-Americans,” as reported by the Modesto Bee.
The Fiji native lived in Modesto with his wife, Anamika, and their 5-month-old son.
Turlock Police Chief Nino Amirfar, who worked with Singh before the officer transferred to Newman in 2011, recalled him as a “good man” whose “dream and desire was to be a police officer and to be there to serve his community.”
Along with Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson, Amirfar expressed grief in the wake of Singh’s death.
“The love of community and humanity keeps the light of good burning bright and your police officers are the torch bearers and the guardians,” said Amirfar.
Richardson wrote that his agency is “devastated by the loss of Ronil.”
California Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered that the state’s flag be flown at half mast at the Capitol.
“On behalf of all Californians, Anne and I extend our condolences to Corporal Singh’s wife, young son, loved ones and colleagues,” Brown said in a statement on the incident. “Our hearts are with the entire community of Newman and law enforcement officers across the state who risk their lives every day to protect and serve the people of California.”
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