One of the first sheriff’s deputies in the country to wear a traditional Sikh turban on duty was fatally shot from behind Friday while conducting a traffic stop in the Houston area.
Sandeep Dhaliwal, a 10-year veteran of law enforcement, was shot multiple times by one of two people in the stopped car, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told.
“He wore the turban. He represented his community with integrity, respect and pride,” County Sheriff said. “And again, he was respected by all.”
Sandeep was returning to his patrol car when a man got out of the stopped car with a pistol and shot him “in a coldblooded manner, ambush-style,” Gonzalez said.
He said he did not know the reason for the stop or the motive for the shooting.
First responder brought Dhaliwal to a hospital, where he was declared dead.
Robert Solis, 47, of Houston, was charged Friday night with capital murder in the killing.
He was wanted for parole violation involving an alleged assault on a girlfriend.
At a court hearing Saturday morning, prosecutors said a female passenger in Solis’ car had been allowed to leave the vehicle before the incident.
She later told officers that she went to her father’s house, where Solis called her.
The unidentified woman, according to prosecutors, “said (Solis) had shot a police officer” but that she did not believe him.
Tipped by a witness, officers tracked Solis’ car to a grocery parking lot in the area.
Surveillance video showed that the suspect had ditched a handgun in a sidewalk trash can, where it was recovered by police.