Texas- Sikh Officer Murdered, Community Devastated
Cypress, Texas – Sandeep Dhaliwal, 42, was a 10 year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Department in Texas. He was their first Sikh officer. On Friday, a suspect shot him in the back of the head three times. He passed away from his injuries. (Houston Chronicle).
A beloved Sikh officer
Dhaliwal was the father of three, and a deeply beloved member of the Harris County Sheriff’s Department. The community mourned his death with a vigil on Friday night.
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
At around 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Dhaliwal pulled over Robert Solis. Dash cam captured what appeared to be a normal conversation between Dhaliwal and Solis. But as the deputy turned his back to the suspect in order to go back to his patrol vehicle, Solis opened fire and shot Dhaliwal three times in the back of the head. The suspect was later arrested.
Solis, 47, has a criminal history of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated kidnapping and driving while intoxicated, according to the Daily Caller.
“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.” HCSO
Dhaliwal was given permission to wear his religious turban and beard in 2015, paving the way for other officers in Texas to do the same. People sometimes confuse Sikhs with Muslims, but they are not the same in any way. Sikhism is from Northern India. Adherents are generally gentle, but can become fierce fighters if necessary. Dhaliwal’s father was also a police officer.
Deputy Dhaliwal was active in the Sikh community in Texas, often contributing to charitable endeavors for all the citizens of the region during disasters.
One person on the HCSO post stated:
“I’ve read nothing but nice things about this wonderful man. I wish I would have had the opportunity to meet him. My heart goes out to his family, friends and coworkers.” Johnny R.
R.I.P., Deputy Dhaliwal. End of watch, 9-27-2019.