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Robert Solis Charged with Capital Murder in 2019 TX Slaying of Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal
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    Robert Solis Charged with Capital Murder in 2019 TX Slaying of Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal






    Trailblazing Sikh deputy shot and killed during Texas traffic stop

    By Melissa Leon
    Fox News

    A Texas sheriff's who was shot multiple times from behind while conducting a traffic stop on Friday afternoon has died, police said.

    Sandeep Dhaliwal, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff's Office and its first Sikh deputy, stopped a vehicle with two people inside around at 12:45 p.m.

    One of the occupants was able to leave the vehicle, approach the deputy from behind and shoot him at least twice "basically just shot him in a very ruthless, cold-blooded way," said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

    Dhaliwal's dashboard camera captured video showing Dhaliwal speaking with the driver in what appeared to be a conversational tone with "no combat, no arguing," Sheriff's Maj. Mike Lee said. The driver's door was opened at one point, and Dhaliwal shut it as the driver remained in the vehicle. When Dhaliwal turned to walk back to his patrol car, the driver steps from the car "almost immediately running 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.

    A deputy a short time later found a nervous man matching the description of the driver in a business at a nearby strip shopping center, Lee said. A woman believed to have been a passenger in the car also was taken into custody. Their identities haven't been released.

    Dhaliwal, 42, was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Hospital, Fox 26 Houston reported.

    "Im sad to share with you that weve lost one of our own," Gonzalez tweeted Friday. "There are no words to convey our sadness. Please keep his family and our agency in your prayers."

    Gonzalez's predecessor as sheriff, Adrian Garcia, implemented a religious accommodation policy that allowed Dhaliwal to wear the traditional turban and beard of the Sikh religion. The deputy was a father of three children.

    Gonzelez recounted how Dhaliwal worked with United Sikhs, an international nonprofit, non-governmental, humanitarian relief, human development and advocacy organization affiliated with the United Nations. Dhaliwal worked with the nonprofit to organize the donation of supplies for first responders after Hurricane Harvey devastated the county. He also went to Puerto Rico to help with relief after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he and his wife were mourning the deputy's loss and sending their sympathies to his family and law enforcement members.

    "This tragic loss is a grave reminder of the risks that our law enforcement officers face every single day," Abbott said in a statement. "I thank the officers who bravely responded to apprehend the suspect, and I assure you that the state of Texas is committed to bringing this killer to justice."

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    Suspect in Harris County deputy's death charged with capital murder

    By Jay R. Jordan
    The Houston Chronicle

    A Harris County Sheriffs Office deputy died Friday, shortly after being shot during a traffic stop Friday near Cypress, according to Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

    Sandeep Dhaliwal, 42, pulled over a vehicle around 12:45 p.m. in the 14800 block of Willancy Court when someone approached him from behind and opened fire, striking him multiple times, Gonzalez said. Dhaliwal was a father of three young children, a 10-year veteran on the force and the agencys first Sikh deputy.

    He was a hero, Gonzalez said. Deputy Dhaliwal was a trailblazer.

    He was taken by helicopter ambulance to the Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he died. Authorities detained a possible suspect, the sheriff tweeted about 2:30 p.m.

    Harris County Sheriff's Office Maj. Mike Lee said dashcam video shows Dhaliwal and the suspect, still in his car, having a conversation with no sign of confrontation. A few seconds after Dhaliwal returned to his squad car, the suspect ran up and shot him, Lee said.

    He said that a woman who was outside gardening nearby, heard the shot and then saw the suspect run to a getaway car. She ran to Dhaliwal and called 911. Lee said the suspect then went to a store nearby.

    Robert Solis, 47, was charged late Friday with the capital murder of Dhaliwal. He has a lengthy criminal history that includes convictions for aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to Harris County court records.

    The deputy is well-known in the community and a close personal friend, Gonzalez said. The sheriff recounted Dhaliwals efforts after Hurricane Harvey, and how he went to Puerto Rico after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

    Dhaliwal worked with United Sikhs, a global humanitarian relief and advocacy nonprofit, to help organize the donation of truckloads of supplies for first responders after Harvey.

    Four years ago, then-Sheriff Adrian Garcia implemented a religious accommodation policy to allow Dhaliwal to wear the dastaar (turban) and beard customary to his religion for the first time while patrolling Harris County streets.

    There are no words to speak to how heartbroken we are, how devastated, Gonzalez said. Our deputies are out there protecting the community as they do every single day.

    David Cuevas, president of the Harris County Deputies Organization, described the deputy as a pillar of the community with a heart of gold.

    "After Harvey he was able to mobilize the community and raise more than a $1 million in flood relief," Cuevas said. "We are hurting. We are devastated but we are going to rally and continue to protect the citizens of Harris County. And we are awaiting justice for the shooter."

    Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a statement that Dhaliwal's killing brings with it an "exceptional horror."

    "He was a bold and groundbreaking law enforcement officer in the eyes of our county, our state, our nation, and around the world, because he sought and received permission to patrol while wearing the outward signs of his Sikh faith, including a turban and beard," Turner said. "The story of him putting the Sikh imperative of 'seva' -- selfless service -- on display as a peacekeeper went worldwide. In that role he was a walking lesson in tolerance and understanding, which are values Houstonians uphold here in the nation's most diverse big city."

    St. John Barned-Smith contributed to this report.

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    Victims' advocate blasts parole system after murder of Deputy Dhaliwal

    The suspected shooter was convicted of DWI while on parole in 2016, but the parole board elected not to send him back to prison

    By Stephanie Whitfield
    KHOU News

    HOUSTON Investigators said Robert Solis robbed a community of a beloved husband, father and deputy.

    Solis has a lengthy criminal history. He served time for aggravated kidnapping. In 2016, while on parole, he was convicted of driving while intoxicated.

    The parole board at that time had an option, a decision to make, to return Solis to prison or to not. They elected not to, said Andy Kahan, director of victim services and advocacy for Crime Stoppers of Houston.

    Court records show Solis violated his parole a second time before Fridays cold-blooded murder. The second violation involved an alleged assault of his girlfriend and possession of a prohibited weapon.

    Kahan said the problem is the parole system.

    This was at least the fourth case I have covered in the last few years involving a parolee who was convicted of a new offense while on parole, yet not returned to prison, who has murdered one of our citizens, he said.

    He used the 2017 murder of Janeil Bernard in Hedwig Village and the 2016 murder of Peter Mielke at a pizzeria in Bellaire as examples.

    Kahan said he helped draft a bill to make the Texas parole board more accountable when it comes to parolees who are convicted of new offenses, but the legislation has failed twice.

    Now, hes watching the same tragic story play out again.

    You could easily, plausibly argue that if Solis had been returned to prison, none of these elements find themselves meeting together that fatal Friday, Kahan said.

    KHOU 11 contacted the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to learn why the board elected not to send Solis back to prison. A public information officer has not yet responded.

    https://www.khou.com/article/news/lo...7-dd08007f9629
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