“He did not deserve this. He was the kindest person you would ever meet. He referred to everybody as “my friend”.
It began as a simple traffic violation on Friday afternoon. The patrol car’s dashboard camera captured the entire encounter from start to finish. Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal approached the vehicle and began speaking with the driver.
The deputy’s tone was calm and pleasant, something Sandeep was always known for. As he walked back to his patrol car to check the male’s information, the driver (who was wanted on a parole violation) immediately got out and gunned down the deputy. Sandeep had his back turned and was never given the opportunity to defend himself.
He suffered numerous gunshot wounds to the head. It was the very definition of a cold-blooded execution. Deputy Dhaliwal was airlifted to the hospital where he was unable to be revived. His killer was apprehended at a nearby store after he was spotted by an alert citizen.
Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal was a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. He began his career in law enforcement out of a desire to serve after the Sheriff reached out to help strengthen the department’s relationship with the Sikh community.
Sikhism is centered around peace, equality and “love-inspired service”, ideals that Sandeep believed were crucial to police work. He understood this because his father was a police officer in India before the family moved to America. After completing his training and earning his peace officer’s license, Sandeep was deputized and officially became the agency’s first Sikh deputy. Deputy Dhaliwal was a walking lesson in tolerance and understanding; a beacon for his community.
He was a quiet but confident leader. His appearance drew a lot of puzzled looks over the years, but it gave him a chance to engage in conversation and help educate what his religion stood for. Sandeep leaves behind a wife and three young children. He was 42 years old.