Indian-American Sikh Cop, Shot Dead In US, Mourned By Several

Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal talks with a young boy at a memorial at the scene of the August 2015 rutal murder of fellow Deputy Darren Goforth

In this August 30, 2015, photo, Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, center, grieves with Deputies Dixon, left, and Seibert, right, at a memorial for Deputy Darren Goforth, at the Chevron where he was killed, in Houston.

After a brief search, authorities arrested the 47-year-old Robert Solis and "charged with the capital murder".

Solis was charged late Friday with capital murder in the case, The Houston Chronicle reported. The event will start with an hour of Sikh prayer, followed by a ceremony led by the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

JERSEY VILLAGE, Texas (AP) - Sandeep Dhaliwal carried a badge and gun while devoting his life to a faith that teaches love and peace.

According to a report by NDTV, 42-year-old Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, Harris County Sheriff's deputy, was shot in a "ruthless" and "cold-blooded" while he was on duty.

Sandeep Dhaliwal the first Sikh to become a deputy in the American police department was shot dead at close range from behind when he was doing a check on a vehicle. Records show Solis, who has an extensive criminal history, was wanted for 2017 parole violations for assault and possession of a prohibited weapon. "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", the Texas governor said of Dhaliwal's death.

Dhaliwal tried to fit into American culture when he was young by shaving his beard and removing his turban, he told India Abroad, an Indian-American news weekly.

Two people were taken into custody, according to the sheriff's office.

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In Kapurthala, relatives and villagers assembled at the home of Dhaliwal's uncle Kartar Singh to mourn the death of the police officer.

"It's such a powerful message to send to the community that a man in a turban and beard is just as much American as you", said Simran Jeet Singh. In 2015, he became the county's first sworn law enforcement officer to wear a turban.

Dhaliwal was a 10-year veteran of the department and was lauded by his former colleagues and members of the community.

Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal made such a profound impact on his community, fellow Texans are carrying on his legacy of service. They believe the scene is "contained" and poses no current threat to the community. In his honor, UNITED SIKHS is working towards launching Deputy Singh's vision of establishing an emergency fallen heroes fund for first-responders working in the line of duty. Dhaliwal "really jumped in and helped with the vigil, helped put together the memorial", she said.

A GoFundMe campaign set up to help his family cover unforeseen expenses and help pay for his three children's education had raised almost $400,000 as of Monday.

Dhaliwal had migrated to the USA in 1995 from Dhaliwal Bet village.

Dhaliwal helped coordinate disaster relief efforts to communities affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Maria.

A woman, who is believed to be a passenger in the suspect's auto, was also detained and placed into custody. He helped everybody. He never said no.

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