Houston pays homage to slain Sikh police officer in same stadium which hosted ‘Howdy Modi’ event

Dhaliwal was the first member of the Sikh community to join Harris County’s sheriff’s office, and was a ‘pioneer’ in the department, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said

Courtesy: Image posted on his Twitter handle by Harris County’s Sheriff Ed Gonzalez
Courtesy: Image posted on his Twitter handle by Harris County’s Sheriff Ed Gonzalez

NH Correspondent

A man with an active parole violation has been arrested and charged with capital murder for the fatal shooting of a pioneering Houston sheriff’s deputy during a routine traffic stop on Friday, authorities say.

Officer Sandeep Dhaliwal of the Harris County Sheriff's Office had initiated a traffic stop and was apparently walking back to his patrol car when the suspect “caught him by surprise”, ran up, and shot him in the back of the head “in a very cold blooded manner”, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at a press conference.

He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and died a few hours later.

Dhaliwal was the first member of the Sikh community to join Harris County's sheriff's office, and was a "pioneer" in the department, Gonzalez told reporters. He said the fallen deputy had recently returned from a volunteer mission to Puerto Rico.

Meanwhile, a memorial for the officer was held in the same stadium where the ‘Howdy Modi’ event was held on September 22. The stadium was packed to capacity.

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Published: 30 Sep 2019, 7:29 PM