BREAKING: Northern California cop killer caught in Kern

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This Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018 image from a surveillance camera video and provided by the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department shows a suspect police are searching for in connection to the fatal shooting of an officer during a traffic stop in Northern California. (Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

BAKERSFIELD, Cal. (KGET) – The man wanted for killing a police officer in Northern California has been arrested south of Bakersfield, according to multiple sources.

The Sacramento Bee is reporting the man, whose name has not been released, was arrested this morning.

A Kern County sheriff’s radio broadcast canceled the “be on the lookout” alert for the killer at about 8 a.m. At the same time, a large KCSO presence, including SWAT team and bomb squad, was seen on Weedpatch Highway near Panama Lane, between Bakersfield and Lamont.

Officer Ronil Singh of  the Newman Police Department was shot to death Dec. 26.

Photos circulated of the suspected cop killer over the last few days, but officials did not release his identity. They did say he is in the U.S. Illegally, as reported by Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson on Thursday.

Cpl. Ronil “Ron” Singh was shot and killed during a traffic stop around 1 a.m. Wednesday. During the traffic stop, both the suspect and Singh fired shots, according to the sheriff.

“It was a gunfight,” Christianson said to KCRA. “Cpl. Singh absolutely tried to defend himself and stop this credible threat.”

Singh was a K-9 officer for the Newman Police Department for seven years. His K-9 partner, Sam, was with him during the shooting and survived. 

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