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First Sikh Deputy Sheriff in Texas Shot Dead; Dal Khalsa Expresses Condolence

September 29, 2019 | By

Texas, USA: A Sikh law-enforcement officer was fatally shot during a traffic stop in the US state of Texas on Saturday (September 29).

Dhaliwal, 41, was returning to his patrol car around 1 p.m. when a man got out of the stopped car with a pistol and shot him “in a coldblooded manner, ambush-style,” Gonzalez said. He said he did not know the reason for the stop or the motive for the shooting.

Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal [File Photo]

First responders brought Dhaliwal to a hospital, where he was declared dead around 4 p.m.

Harris County Sherrif’s Office Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, 42, pulled over a vehicle when someone approached him from behind and opened fire near Cypress city, the Houston Chronicle quoted Sheriff Ed Gonzalez as saying.

Dhaliwal was a 10-year veteran in the force and the agency’s first Sikh deputy.

“He was a hero,” Gonzalez said, adding, “Deputy Dhaliwal was a trailblazer.”

Dhaliwal was taken by helicopter ambulance to the Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he died. Authorities detained a possible suspect, the sheriff tweeted.

He desired to conquer hate that was spread against his community after 9/11:

Amritsar: The Dal Khalsa is saddened to hear the news of killing of Deputy Sheriff Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal in Houston, US.

Party spokesman Kanwar Pal Singh said Dhaliwal would always be remembered for outstanding and exemplary conduct and service.  ‘He desired to conquer hate that was spread against his community by serving as a diligent turbaned Sikh police officer. Our condolences and prayers go to his family and friends, said Kanwar Pal Singh.

Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal made headlines after becoming the first police officer to gain a religious exemption to wear a turban as part of his uniform while serving in the US police department.



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