The booking mug of Paulo Virgen Mendoza, 32, who was arrested Dec. 28 near Bakersfield, California, in connection with the shooting death of Newman Police Department Corporal Ronil Singh on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018.
The booking mug of Paulo Virgen Mendoza, 32, who was arrested Dec. 28 near Bakersfield, California, in connection with the shooting death of Newman Police Department Corporal Ronil Singh on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department
The booking mug of Paulo Virgen Mendoza, 32, who was arrested Dec. 28 near Bakersfield, California, in connection with the shooting death of Newman Police Department Corporal Ronil Singh on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department

Garth Stapley is The Modesto Bee’s Opinions page editor. Before this assignment, he worked 25 years as a Bee reporter, covering local government agencies and the high-profile murder case of Scott and Laci Peterson.