The man wanted for allegedly gunning down a police officer in Stanislaus County has been captured in Kern County. Sheriff Donny Youngblood credits cooperation by the FBI and ATF, Bakersfield Police, Homeland Security and others, that led them to Gustavo Arriaga near Lamont. “This really, really proves the relationship that we have, not only in this county and with my partners standing behind me, but throughout the state that we’re committed to providing public safety. And when you attack someone who’s doing an honorable profession, no stone goes unturned.” Three Bakersfield residents have been arrested for helping Arriaga, and at least two men and his girlfriend in other counties. 32-year-old Newman Police Officer Ronil Singh had pulled over a suspected DUI driver the morning of 12/26, and was killed in an exchange of gunfire. Arriaga is a known gang member with two previous arrests for drunk driving. Officer Singh’s K-9 partner Sam is being retired to Singh’s family.

Suzanne Grant