Jaishankar condoles death of Indian-American Sikh police officer in a shootout

Thursday, 03 Oct, 2019

Lt Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal put the Sikh imperative of selfless service on display for all and touched a nation with his example, a senior USA official has said, amid an unbridled outpouring of grief from many Americans over the gruesome killing of the first Indian-American police officer in Texas.

Sandeep Dhaliwal, a 10-year veteran of law enforcement, was shot multiple times by one of two people in the stopped auto, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters, reports The Washington Post. According to Gonzalez, Dhaliwal stopped a vehicle with a man and a woman inside and one of them stepped out and shot him twice.

During the sheriff's first media availability since the shooting, Gonzalez said someone approached the deputy during his stop and shot him multiple times.

A 47-year-old man has been charged with capital murder in connection to the deputy's killing, the sheriff's office said.

A sheriff's deputy has been shot and killed while making a traffic stop near Houston.

Hayden Wallace said Dhaliwal had a heart of gold and was everything law enforcement should be. He thought of them before he thought of himself. He was held without bond in the Harris County Jail.

The mayor called Dhaliwal a "walking lesson in tolerance and understanding, which are values Houstonians uphold here in the nation's most diverse city".

Dhaliwal's dashboard digital camera captured movie exhibiting Dhaliwal talking with the driver in what appeared to be a conversational tone with "no battle, no arguing", Sheriff's Maj.

Dhaliwal shut the driver's door, as the driver remained in the vehicle, Lee said.

Gonzalez said the incident took place as Dhaliwal walked back to his cruiser during the stop.

Authorities identified Solis by looking at Dhaliwal's dashcam video.

"As a result of Sandeep stepping forward to become the first Sikh deputy, we have others", Garcia said. That's when police say Solis can be seen getting out of his auto and running towards him, firing his gun several times. Mike Lee told reporters on Friday.

Lee said the suspect then went to a store nearby. Gonzalez confirmed that two suspects are in custody. We strongly condemn the act and demand Prime Minister Narendra Modi to talk to US President Donald Trump and urge him to provide justice to the bereaved family members of Dhaliwal.

Dhaliwal is the next Texas deputy to die when earning a website traffic end this year.

ABC13 reported that Dhaliwal was "an entrepreneur who sold a lucrative business in order to go into law enforcement".

Officer Sandeep Dhaliwal was the first member of the Sikh community to join Harris County's Sheriff's Office.

"He wore the turban, he represented his community with integrity, respect and pride and he was respected by all", he added. "It will give me the chance to open up the conversation". He is survived by a wife and three children. "Deputy Dhaliwal was a trailblazer", Gonzalez stated.

"We ask you to support the family because they're devastated", Gonzalez said.