HCSO's history-making Sikh deputy, Sandeep Dhaliwal, killed in line of duty

'Truly, he died a hero. He died serving the Harris County community.': Sheriff

HOUSTON – Harris County Sheriffs Deputy 41-year-old Sandeep Dhaliwal was killed in the line of duty during a traffic stop in northwest Harris County Friday afternoon. 

Dhaliwal was shot by a suspect at the 14000 block of Willancy Court at about 1 p.m. Friday. He was taken by LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann hospital in serious condition, where he later died. 



A 10-year veteran, Dhaliwal joined the Harris County Sheriffs Office in 2008 as a detention officer and became a deputy four years later.

In 2015, Dhaliwal made history when the HCSO allowed him to keep his beard and wear a dastaar (turban) while on patrol — a requirement of his Sikh religion. He became the first HCSO deputy to be allowed to wear a turban and articles of the Sikh faith, while on duty.