A suspected member of ISIS was arrested in California Wednesday for killing an Iraqi police officer before fleeing to the United States.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced the arrest in a press release, revealing the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force apprehended 45-year-old Omar Ameen in response to a warrant for his arrest and extradition.
— FBI Sacramento (@FBISacramento) August 15, 2018
According to the FBI, Ameen entered the Iraqi town of Rawah on June 21, 2014, “with a caravan of ISIS vehicles and drove to the house of the victim, who had served as an officer in the Rawah Police Department.”
One day later, on the evening of June 22, Ameen and others traveling with him opened fire on the police officer. Ameen then “fired his weapon at the victim while the victim was on the ground, killing him.”
BREAKING: Omar Ameen, Man accused of being part of an ISIS envoy that killed another man in Iraq in 2014 arrested in Sacramento following an FBI raid of his apartment @FOX40 pic.twitter.com/AHK6jkkdfX
— Joe Khalil (@JoeKhalilTV) August 15, 2018
“Ameen, originally of Rawah, in the Anbar province of Iraq, fled Iraq following the alleged murder, and later settled in Sacramento as a purported refugee,” officials said. “[A]meen concealed his membership in those terrorist groups when he applied for refugee status, and later when he applied for a green card in the United States.”
The suspect has been accused of being both a member of ISIS and al-Qaeda.
Iraqi officials first issued a warrant for Ameen’s arrest on May 16. A subsequent request was filed Tuesday by a judge in Sacramento.