Houston Department's First Sikh Deputy Shot Dead

by Ritu Versha 3 years ago Views 2119

Sandeep Dhaliwal
An Indian-American Sikh police officer described as “a trailblazer” was shot and killed while making a traffic stop Friday near Houston.

Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, 42, the first Sikh to become a deputy at a Houston-area sheriff's department, was fatally shot in the head from behind Friday, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.

As Dhaliwal stopped a vehicle with a man and woman inside, one of them got out and shot him "ambush-style" at least twice in a "ruthless, cold-blooded way."

"In a cold-blooded manner, ambush-style, (he) shot Deputy Dhaliwal from behind," Gonzalez said.

The gunman and the woman were taken into custody, the police said. Robert Solis, 47, has been charged with capital murder in connection with Dhaliwal's murder, the sheriff's office said via Twitter.

He was called a trailblazer who paved the way for other Sikhs to join the department. "Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal was a trailblazer. He was an example for many. He represented his community with respect and pride," said Commissioner Adrian Garcia.

Dhaliwal was a 10-year veteran who is survived by his wife and three children. 


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