Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
TEXAS – A Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy was shot in the head during a mid-day traffic stop, according to reports.
Sandeep Dhaliwal, 42, joined the office as its first Sikh deputy 10 years ago and pushed for more religious rights in his department, such as wearing religious attire like a turban and growing a beard while on patrol, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Mike Lee said dashcam video shows Dhaliwal and the suspect, still in his car, having a conversation with no sign of confrontation.
A few seconds after Dhaliwal returned to his squad car, the suspect ran up and shot him in the head multiple times, Lee said. Dhaliwal was airlifted to the hospital, where he died.
“A Harris County resident sent us a video via Facebook of fallen Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal.”
“He laughed and joked with all of us, and left a bright impression on my son who is deaf. We send our condolences to his family and the law enforcement community,” she said.
Deputy Dhaliwal is an incredible loss not only to our HCSO family but to the entire community.”
A Harris County resident sent us a video via Facebook of fallen Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal. “He laughed and joked with all of us, and left a bright impression on my son who is deaf. We send our condolences to his family and the law enforcement community,” she said. Deputy Dhaliwal is an incredible loss not only to our HCSO family but to the entire community.
Posted by Harris County Sheriff's Office on Friday, September 27, 2019
Dhaliwal, a father of three, pulled over a vehicle around 12:45 p.m. near a traffic stop and had what appeared to be a normal conversation with the suspect, 47-year-old Robert Solis, who then shot Dhaliwal three times in the head as the officer was returning to his vehicle, The Daily Caller News Foundation reports.
Solis — who had been previously convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated kidnapping and driving while intoxicated — was arrested and charged with capital murder, according to the Chronicle.
“There are no words to convey our sadness. Please keep [Dhaliwal] and our agency in your prayers,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez wrote in a Friday Facebook post.
“Robert Solis, 47, has been arrested & charged with the capital murder of Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal.
Solis had an active Parole Violation Warrant for Aggravated Assault w/Deadly Weapon dating back to January 2017,” the department posted.
“Praying and standing with the family and [the Sikh community] of Harris County Sheriff Deputy [Dhaliwal], who was fatally shot today. He represented the diversity and inclusiveness of our community and everything that is good. Evil you do not win here,” Harris County Mayor Sylvester Turner wrote on Facebook.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office praised Dhaliwal’s charity work to remember his service to the community, such as the time he worked with a national Sikh group called United Sikhs to donate truck-sized loads of material to first responders after Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas.
“Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal was an extraordinary individual, after Hurricane Harvey, he collected supplies to help the community. [I]n this video, you can see him thanking United Sikhs for their donations. The entire Harris County Sheriff’s Office family is grieved by the tragic loss of our brother,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook along with a video.
Deputy S. Dahliwal thanks United Sikhs for their generous donation of supplies. They drove from California!
Posted by Harris County Sheriff's Office on Friday, September 8, 2017
“Our Harris County community loves their law enforcement officers. Not surprised to learn that a community-led vigil is being organized this evening to pay respects to Deputy Dhaliwal. He’s an incredible loss not only to our Harris County Sheriff’s Office family but to the entire community,” Garcia wrote on Facebook along with a photo of Dhaliwal hugging a young child.
“Community-led candlelight vigil was held tonight in honor of @HCSO_D5Patrol Deputy Dhaliwal. Please continue to keep his family & his @HCSOTexas family in your thoughts & prayers. Deputy Dhaliwal was LOVED by this community.”
Community-led candlelight vigil was held tonight in honor of @HCSO_D5Patrol Deputy Dhaliwal. Please continue to keep his family & his @HCSOTexas family in your thoughts & prayers. Deputy Dhaliwal was LOVED by this community. #HouNews pic.twitter.com/oD7M78RXxm
— Major Mike Lee (@HCSOPatrol) September 28, 2019
Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at the Berry Center in Cypress.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fellow officers.
Rest in peace and thank you for your service…
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Dean James at Right Wing Tribune