The K9 who was partnered with a Newman police officer who was killed in the line of duty, is being retired early. Five-year-old Sam was partnered with 33-year-old Corporal Ronil Singh, who was killed while conducting a traffic stop in the early morning hours on Wednesday.
As reported by ABC 10 News, Sam is being relieved of her police duties so that she can live with Singh’s family. Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson stated:
“Sam is already back home with the Singh family, where Sam belongs.”
The cop killer
The authorities know who killed corporal Singh, but the man’s name has not yet been released. Officials have stated that the suspect is in the country illegally. Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson explained:
“It’s not appropriate for me to identify (the suspect) until we absolutely are 100% certain that we have the right name.”
As reported by CNN, surveillance video captured images of a heavy-set Hispanic man wearing “a zip-up hoodie with an Ecko logo on the sleeve and a thick silver chain around his neck.”
The slain officer
Singh had been with his department since July 2011 – he was a native of Fiji who has been described as an “American Patriot.” The department is devastated by the loss.
Sam was with her partner on the night that he was killed. Chief Richardson explained why the dog is being allowed to retire to live with Singh’s family, “I will not take another family member from them.”
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