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The Latest: Man in California officer killing in court

January 2, 2019
This booking photo provided by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department shows Gustavo Perez Arriaga. Perez Arriaga, suspected of gunning down a California policeman, was in the U.S. illegally and was captured while planning to flee to his native Mexico, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson announced, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, as he all but blamed the state's sanctuary law for the officer's death. (Courtesy of Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department via AP)

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a Mexican national suspected of killing California police officer (all times local):

2:20 p.m.

A man charged with the killing of police officer in Northern California made his first court appearance but did not enter a plea.

The Modesto Bee reports Gustavo Perez Arriaga told the judge Wednesday his true name is Paulo Virgen Mendoza.

His attorney questioned his mental competency, prompting the court to suspend the case until Perez Arriaga gets a mental evaluation.

Perez Arriaga was arrested Friday in the Dec. 26 shooting of Newman police Cpl. Ronil Singh during a traffic stop. The 33-year-old Singh is survived by a wife and 5-month-old son.

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11:45 p.m.

Prosecutors have charged a Mexican national with murder in the killing of a California police officer.

Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office spokesman John Goold said suspect Gustavo Perez Arriaga was charged Wednesday and is expected to be arraigned later in the day in Modesto.

Perez Arriaga was arrested Friday in the Dec. 26 shooting of Newman police Cpl. Ronil Singh during a traffic stop. The 33-year-old Singh was married and had a 5-month-old son.

Authorities say Perez Arriaga was in the country illegally and had previous arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol. Authorities say he was planning to flee to Mexico.

President Trump cited the case while calling for tougher border security.

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