Sandeep Dhaliwal was the first Sikh deputy of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office when he joined the force 10 years ago. On 27 September 2019, Sandeep was shot dead while he was on his duty and conducting a traffic stop near Houston.
Sandeep was born into a Sikh family in the year 1977 (age: 42 years), he was an American Sikh of Indian descent, he used to live with his wife and 3 children in Houston, Texas. Before joining the Sheriff’s office, he used to run a trucking business in America.
On 27 September 2019 (Friday), Dhaliwal was conducting a traffic stop near Houston when a person (later identified as Robert Soris) got out of his car with a pistol and shot Dhaliwal twice.
The dashcam video which was reviewed later by Maj. Mike Lee showed that Dhaliwal was speaking with the driver with “no combat, no arguing,” and the car’s door was open while they were talking and after Dhaliwal was heading back to his patrol car, the driver went out of his car with a pistol and shot Dhaliwal at the back of his head.
After the incident, the accused got back into his car and drove away, later he was arrested and was charged with the capital murder of Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal.
— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) September 28, 2019
Sandeep Dhaliwal: A Trailblazer
He was described as a Trailblazer by Sheriff Ed Gonzalez because of his attitude towards his teammates and his Sikh community.
At a press conference, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said:
“Sandeep Dhaliwal, who was described as a trailblazer who paved the way for other Sikhs to join the department, was conducting a traffic stop when he was shot.”“He wore the turban, he represented his community with integrity, respect, and pride and he was respected by all.”
“This guy had a heart of gold, he treated his brothers and sisters in law enforcement as if they were just brothers and sisters. He thought of them before he thought of himself. He thought of the broader community before he thought of himself,”
Our Harris County community loves their law enforcement officers. Not surprised to learn that a community-led vigil is being organized this evening to pay respects to Deputy Dhaliwal. He’s an incredible loss not only to our @HCSOTexas family but to the entire community. #HouNews pic.twitter.com/V4fdgHOkmK
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) September 28, 2019