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Killer of NRI Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, sheriff’s
found guilty, could face death

Los Angeles, Oct 18, 2022 A.Gary Singh

The killer of an Indian-American Sikh sheriff’s deputy in Texas has been found guilty of murder with the possibility of the death penalty, according to media reports.
A jury on Monday found former convict Robert Soli guilty of capital murder in the killing of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal in September 2019 near Houston. Dhaliwal had made headlines when the obtained a religious exemption in 2015 to wear a turban as part of his uniform.


Houston toll road named & also renamed a west Harris County post office
in memory of slain Deputy  NRI Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal

Los Angeles, Oct 20, 2020 A.Gary Singh

Houston’s Harris County Toll Road Authority put up the sign ”HCSO Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Tollway” in the memory of the Indian-American police officer who was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop.

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher introduced a bill to rename a west Harris County post office to ”Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office”. The bill passed unanimously.

The Sheriff Gonzalez said:

  • It obviously changed our world upside down both as an agency and me personally, being that I had a personal relationship with Sandeep and his family
  • Houston Police Department have changed policies to allow officers on duty to wear turbans and carry religious items.
  • The sheriff's office now has two Sikh deputies
  • I think that Sandeep showed us an example of what it could be that everybody could serve, that everybody could connect and embrace the community

Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal’s father, Pyara Dhaliwal said:

  • For me, he's never gone. Something I can't show, I can't picture. But I can feel it.
  • It's an honour for me to see my son''s memory memorialised in such a great national platform



Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Sikh police officer shot and killed in the US State of Texas

Los Angeles, October 2, 2019 A.Gary Singh


"NRI Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal was on a traffic stop," Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at a news conference. "The suspect  Robert Solis, 47 exited the vehicle armed with a pistol and, in a cold-blooded murder, ambush-style shot Deputy Dhaliwal from behind."

Footage from a dashboard camera showed him having a conversation with the driver, then walking back toward his squad car. The driver’s door swung open and he ran up behind Dhaliwal and shot him

Bigger crowd paid homage to a great Sikh police officer of USA at NRG stadium of Houston

Robert Solis fled to a nearby shopping center then hid in a store before being taken into custody. A woman in the vehicle was also detained. Investigators said he has a long criminal history and was wanted for parole violation, but would not speculate on motive.

Dhaliwal, 41, was taken by helicopter to a hospital but died.

NRI Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, a Texas deputy who drew national headlines  in 2015 when he was allowed to grow a beard and wear a turban on the job to observe his Sikh faith

"There's simply no words to adequately express our heartbreak, our sadness at this time," Gonzalez said. "Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal a 10-year veteran, was a hero, was a respected member of the community, and he was a trailblazer."

From right-left, Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal with family and Sheriff Adrian Garcia.Harris County Sheriff's Office

 "This is a person from the Sikh community who made history literally from across the globe," said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. 

"It was senseless," said Harris County Sheriff Major Mike Lee. "It was a total ambush by the suspect. The deputy never had a chance."