Christianson, whose department has been handling the case, told reporters at a news conference that Arriaga is from Mexico and was in the U.S. illegally after previously crossing the Arizona border. It wasn't clear when that crossing occurred, though.
Christianson said the suspect had been in the country for a number of years and was seeking to cross back over the border before the shooting occurred.
The suspect had known gang affiliations, as well as two past DUI arrests, Christianson said.
The suspect was stopped by Singh for a DUI investigation before getting into a gunfight with the officer, during which Singh tried to defend himself, Christianson said at a separate news conference Thursday.
Authorities also said they've arrested two others -- 25-year-old Adrian Virgen and 27-year-old Erik Razo Quiroz -- who Christianson said had attempted to mislead investigators in an effort to protect the suspect. The sheriff's office said on Facebook that Arriaga would be charged with homicide. Virgen and Quiroz were arrested and accused of being accessories after the fact to a felony, the post said.
As for whether Singh's death was preventable, Christianson noted that had law enforcement previously been able to report the suspect to Immigration and Customs Enforcement because of his criminal record, the loss of life might never have occurred.
"While we absolutely need to stay focused on Officer Singh’s service and sacrifice, we can’t ignore the fact that this could’ve been preventable," Christianson said. "And under SB54 in California, based on two arrests for DUI and some other active warrants that this criminal has out there, law enforcement would’ve been prevented, prohibited from sharing any information with ICE about this criminal gang member. Ladies and gentlemen, this is not how you protect a community."
This is what you get when identity politics jackboots ginning up "compassion" among the fair-trade-coffee crowd get municipalities to not cooperate with ICE and other federal-level enforcement agencies.
As I've told readers before, I cover the local-government beat for a company in my city that owns an array of radio stations, as well as a news website. One monthly meeting they have me cover is our local human rights commission.
I recall a meeting, maybe three months ago, at which one guy on the commission spoke up during some kind of discussion to say that there was "palpable concern among the undocumented community" about a shift in federal attitude toward their presence here.
It was all I could do to keep my objective-journalist hat on straight and not point out to the guy that by definition the people you're talking about are not supposed to be here.
Look, at what point do we get to say to Latin America, when can we expect you to reach a sufficient level of political stability and economic opportunity and a basic cultural foundation characterized by actual families, with a father present and involved and an actual marriage certificate somewhere in the home so that there is not this problem in our relations?
This is one of those over-arching issues about which wonky solutions concerning aspects of it are quite a ways down the pike.
The bottom line for now is this: The United States of America is struggling mightily to roll back its own cultural rot and spiritual decay. We can't be taking on mass numbers of people from societies already further down that path. For one thing, one basic tenet we're trying to preserve is the notion of national sovereignty, and that gets further eroded every day.
But when cities and states blatantly act on their utter contempt for that basic tenet, cops and all kinds of other US citizens going about their daily lives get killed by the grotesque weirdos these countries send to us in hordes.