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Late Newman Police Cpl. Singh's K9 to retire, will remain with family

"I will not take another member of that family from them."

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The K9 officer who was with Corporal Ronil Singh when he was killed in a shootout will be retired and continue to live with her fallen handler's family. 

K9 Sam was with Corporal Singh when he was killed while investigating a possible DUI in Newman early Wednesday morning. 

The suspect, 32-year-old Gustavo Perez Arriaga was arrested for the shooting Friday. Five other people have been arrested for allegedly helping Arriaga try evade police. 

A post on the Newman Police K9 Association, Inc. Facebook page shows Singh and Sam celebrating her 5th birthday in June 2017. 

My crazy partner turned 5 today. She is enjoying her patrol shift and enjoying her treats. Happy birthday Sam.

At a press conference Thursday, a reporter asked Stanislaus Sheriff Adam Christianson what would happen to K9 Sam after her handler's death. 

Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson stepped in to the answer that question.

"Sam is already back home with the Singh family," said Chief Richardson. "Where Sam belongs."

Chief Richardson went on to explain that while Sam probably still has a few more years left to work the streets, she will be retired. 

"I will not take another member of that family from them," said Richardson are he explained his decision. 

A memorial fund has been established in honor of Corporal Singh. If you wish to donate, visit the Stanislaus Sworn Deputies Association website or any West America Bank Branch in person to make a deposit

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