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A Texas sheriff’s deputy who was shot several times from behind while running from a traffic stop on Friday afternoon has died, police said.
Sandeep Dhaliwal, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and the first Sikh deputy, stopped a vehicle with two men inside at about 12:45 pm
Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, and was shot from behind during a traffic stop and later died from his injuries. (Harris County Sheriff’s Office)
One of the passengers was able to leave the vehicle and approach the officer and deputy from behind and kill him, at least, a two — in principle, just a shot of him in a very cruel, cold-blooded way,” said Harris County Sheriff’s Ed Gonzalez.
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Dhaliwal’s dashboard camera captured video display Dhaliwal to speak with the officer in what appeared to be a friendly tone: “there is no fight, no argument,” Sheriff’s Maj. Mike Lee said. The driver’s door has been opened at one point, and Dhaliwal closed when the driver stayed in the car. When Dhaliwal and turned to walk back to his patrol car, the driver of the car, “almost immediately, with a gun already out,” Lee said. 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.
With a deputy a short time later they found an agitated man, matching the description of the driver, for a company in a nearby strip shopping center, Lee said. A woman is believed to have been a passenger in the vehicle, was also taken into custody. Their identities have not been released.
Dhaliwal, 42, was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Hospital-Fox 26 In Houston reported.
“I am very sad to share with you that we have lost one of our own,” Gonzalez tweeted on Friday. “There are no words to convey our sorrow. Please keep his family and our agency in your prayers.
Gonzalez’s predecessor as sheriff, Adrian Garcia, who carried out a religious accommodation policy that allowed Dhaliwal, wearing the traditional turban and beard of Sikh religion. The deputy was a father of three children.
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Gonzelez told me about the Dhaliwal has worked with the United Sikhs, an international non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian relief, human development and advocacy organization affiliated with the United Nations (un). Dhaliwal has worked with non-profit, to organize the donation of medical supplies to first responders in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey devastated the region. He also went to Puerto Rico in order to help with the disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria devastates the island.
Texas Gov. In fact, Greg Abbott, said he and his wife were in mourning, and the deputy-the loss and sending their condolences to his family and to the enforcement of the act of the members.
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“This is a tragic loss, it is a grave reminder of the risks our officers face each and every day,” Abbott said in a statement. “I want to thank the officers who bravely responded to, to hold on to the negative, and I can assure you that the state of Texas, we are committed to bringing this killer to justice.”