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SAN FRANCISCO — Authorities launched a manhunt Wednesday after they said a gunman shot and killed a police officer during a traffic stop in a small California town.
In an alert, the California Highway Patrol said the suspect, whose name was not known, is considered to be armed and dangerous.
A suspect police are searching for in connection to the fatal shooting of an officer during a traffic stop in Northern California.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
Newman Police Officer Ronil Singh, 33, had called in the traffic stop early Wednesday, saying he was pulling over a grey Dodge pickup truck that had no license plate, and a few minutes later reported shots fired over his radio, Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department Deputy Royjinder Singh said.
Multiple agencies responded and found Singh with gunshot wounds. They rushed the husband and father of an infant boy to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Ground and air units were searching for the suspect based on surveillance photos taken at a convenience store shortly before the attack in Newman, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco.
In the photos, the heavyset suspect with short dark hair is wearing a thick chain necklace, jeans, a dark hoodie and dark-colored T-shirt. Surveillance footage also captured the suspect's vehicle, a grey Dodge Ram pickup with paper dealership plates, matching the description that Singh had called in. Authorities later located the vehicle and said it was being processed for evidence.
"We have sent out information to law enforcement up and down the state, as well as outside California," said Sgt. Tom Letras, a sheriff's spokesman.
Singh was a native of Fiji and had worked since July 2011 for the police department in Newman, a town of about 10,000 people. Earlier in his career, Singh worked as a deputy with the Merced County Sheriff's Department.
Corporal Ronil SinghCorporal Ronil SinghStanislaus County Sheriff's Department / via Facebook