The first-ever Sikh deputy in Texas has been shot and killed following a traffic stop!
While conducting a routine traffic stop Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal was shot and later died at al local hospital.
In a Tweet, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said;
“I’m sad to share with you that we’ve lost one of our own,” Gonzalez said. “There are no words to convey our sadness. Please keep his family and our agency in your prayers.”
Dhaliwal was the first member of the Sikh community to join the sheriff’s office.
Dhaliwal had pulled over a car at around 12:23 pm on Friday for running a stop sign. When the deputy approached the car, dashcam video showed that everything seemed to be going civil until Dhaliwal began to talk to his car.
That’s when dashcam video shows the suspect 47-year-old Robert Solis opening his door and “almost immediately running with a gun already out.”
He shoots at Dhaliwal hitting him in the back of the head before hopping back in the car and driving off.
A nearby resident witnessed the entire incident and rushed over to help Dhaliwal before calling 911.
Shortly after authorities arrived, they took a snapshot of the suspect form the dashcam and spread it out to the community. It wasn’t long after that they saw a man who looked nervous and matched the description of the suspect. There were able to arrest Solis and charge him with capital murder with no set bond.
In surveillance video of the area Solis was arrested, authorities say they saw him attempting to throw away the Glock 45 caliber semi-automatic gun used in the murder outside a nearby business.
In the car at the time of the shooting was one woman in the car who was also arrested but not identified.
Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia, who was formerly the county’s sheriff, said in a press conference that Dhaliwal was like a “brother.”
“Sheriff deputies have an incredible task. They put their lives in harm’s way every single day. Today is another indication that there’s nothing routine about this job. That danger can lurk around every single corner at any given time,” Garcia said. “This deputy, he’s like a brother to me. So it’s very painful to see someone who is in the circumstances that they’re in right now.”
Dhaliwal was a 10-year veteran of the department who is survived by his wife and three children.