• Sandeep Dhaliwal, a sheriff’s deputy and 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sherriff’s Office, has died following a traffic stop that took place Friday afternoon. As the county’s first Sikh deputy, Dhaliwal has been described as a “trailblazer.”
  • At 12:45 pm, the deputy “stopped a vehicle with two people inside,” where “one of the occupants was able to leave the vehicle, approach the deputy from behind and shoot him at least twice.”
  • Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez described it as the person “basically just shot him in a very ruthless, cold-blooded way.”
  • The deputy’s “dashboard camera captured video showing Dhaliwal speaking with the driver in what appeared to be a conversational tone.” Sheriff’s Maj. Mike Lee said there was “no combat, no arguing.”
  • According to the video, “the driver’s door was opened at one point, and Dhaliwal shut it as the driver remained in the vehicle.”
  • Lee said “when Dhaliwal turned to walk back to his patrol car, the driver steps from the car almost immediately running with a gun already out. The driver shot the deputy from behind, hitting him in the back of the head. The driver got back in his car and drove away. “
  • According to Lee, a short time later, a deputy “found a nervous man matching the description of the driver in a business at a nearby strip shopping center.”
  • He also noted that “a woman believed to have been a passenger in the car also was taken into custody. Their identities haven’t been released.”
  • Gonzalez tweeted: “I’m sad to share with you that we’ve lost one of our own. There are no words to convey our sadness. Please keep his family and our agency in your prayers.”
  • Dhaliwal was a father of three and “worked with United Sikhs, an international nonprofit, non-governmental, humanitarian relief, human development and advocacy organization affiliated with the United Nations.”

Reference Links

  • Fox: Trailblazing Sikh deputy shot and killed during Texas traffic stop READ
  • ABC 13: ‘Pioneering’ deputy dies after being shot from behind: sheriff READ
  • Houston Chronicle: Harris County deputy dies after being shot during traffic stop near Cypress READ
  • KXLF: Deputy known as a ‘trailblazer’ killed during traffic stop in Texas READ

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