Texas deputy shot, killed during traffic stop


(CNN) — People in Texas are honoring Harris County’s first Sikh deputy, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop Friday.

This is how people remember Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal.

In this video, he’s playing with a deaf child in the Harris County community.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says as Dhaliwal was returning to his patrol car in the Harris County neighborhood, “a male suspect exited the vehicle armed with a pistol, and in a cold-blooded manner, ambush style, shot Deputy Dhaliwal from behind.”

Leaving no chance for the deputy to unholster his weapon.

The suspect, 47-year-old Robert Solis, was denied bail after being charged with capital murder.

Investigators say dashcam video shows no indication of a conflict during the traffic stop.

They say the suspect fled the scene by car but was found along with a female passenger, at a nearby business.

Court documents show Solis was released on parole in 2014, after being sentenced to 20 years in prison for aggravated kidnapping.

The sheriff also says Solis had an active parole violation warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon from January 2017.

Poeple at a vigil Friday night didn’t focus on how Dhaliwal died, but how he lived.

“I remember he would always come check up and me and my friends. I remember when he knocked on my door when I wasn’t outside so much, because I wasn’t feeling well.”

Four years ago, when the sheriff’s office changed their policy so Dhaliwal could wear his turban on the job, Dhaliwal said he did not expect to encounter racism or hate.

“It will give me the chance to open up the conversation.”

A conversation now focused on how to honor his memory.

“Yeah! High five. Give you a hug? Aww, thank you.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Dhaliwal’s family.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Benevolence Association has also set up a fund.


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