HOUSTON (FOX 26) - A Harris County deputy has passed away after being shot in the line of duty.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal was shot while conducting a traffic stop on Friday afternoon. Robert Solis has been taken into custody and charged with capital murder.
The shooting occurred on Willancy Court near West Road in northwest Harris County around 1 p.m.
Sheriff Gonzalez says a male suspect approached the 10-year veteran from behind and shot him a couple of times.
Emergency crews arrived at the scene and immediately began life-saving measures. Then, the deputy was taken to Memorial Hermann hospital by Life Flight.
Sadly, Dhaliwal was not able to recover from his injuries and passed away at the hospital.
"There are no words to convey our sadness," the sheriff wrote in a tweet.
Sheriff Gonzalez describes the shooting as "cold-blooded."
Sheriff Gonzalez described Dhaliwal, who was the first Sikh deputy for Harris County, as "well-liked and well-respected."
Dhaliwal was also the Director of Homeland Security for UNITED SIKHS. He led operations for Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Maria and various other projects to assist the less fortunate and those in need.
He was trailblazer for the Harris County Sheriff's Office, and was easily recognizable in his faith's traditional turban and beard.
"I'm heartbroken because he's a personal friend of mine," the sheriff said.
Gov. Greg Abbott released the following statement:
Harris County Commissioner of Pct. 2 Adrian Garcia, who was leading the sheriff's department when the deputy was sworn, said the victim is "like a brother" to him.
"He has the heart of a lion," Garcia said.
Dhaliwal leaves behind a wife and three children.
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