Thirty-three-year-old Ronil Singh was shot Wednesday after stopping a pickup truck without a license plate in Newman, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco. It quoted Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department spokesman Raj Singh as saying that he knew the officer who was killed.
A police officer in the Central Valley was shot and killed during a traffic stop early Wednesday and a manhunt was being conducted in the search for his killer.
Singh was a native of Fiji who joined the Newman police force in 2011.
Responding officers found Officer Singh at the scene suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department is leading the investigation.
He is to be considered armed and risky.
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.
The suspect has been described as a hispanic male, heavy-set with black hair and a shaved head.
'Our Newman Police family is devastated by the loss of Ronil, ' said Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson in a statement released by the sheriff.
Law enforcement officials have released surveillance images of a suspect and a gray Dodge Ram truck, they suspect it may be connected to the shooting.
Newman detectives asked anyone with information about the man's identity to contact them.
"He loved camping, loved hunting, loved fishing, loved his family", the deputy said. The profile picture shows him smiling as he stands at a patrol auto with a dog - the same photograph of the officer released by the Sheriff's Department.
Corporal Singh is survived by his wife, Anamika, and 5-month son.
California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered all flags fly at half-staff in honor of Singh.