External Affairs Minister of India, S Jaishankar, has extended his condolences to the family of the Indian-American Sikh police officer Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal who died after being shot multiple times from behind during a traffic stop in the US state of Texas. The Harris County Sheriff's deputy was shot while conducting a traffic stop, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. Singh was a 10 year veteran on the force, and Harris County's first Sikh deputy. He was in his early 40s.
As news of the tragic incident broke out, India's External Affairs Minister took to Twitter and expressed his condolences to the slain Sikh officer Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal and his family.
Deeply grieved to learn of the shooting of Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, a Sikh Indian-American officer in Houston. We have just visited that city. My condolences to his family. https://t.co/BBUJOFcjB8— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) September 28, 2019
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Dhaliwal, a 10-year veteran of the department, stopped a vehicle with a man and woman inside during a routine traffic stop. One of the passengers got out and shot him "ambush-style" at least twice in a "ruthless, cold-blooded way." The shooter was seen running to a shopping centre nearby, officials said. Investigators were able to identify what the shooter looked like by watching Dhaliwal's dashcam video.
"They immediately looked at his dashcam to see what the suspect looked like, they took a photo of the suspect on the scene with their phone and immediately got that out to our intel people," Gonzalez said. The vehicle the shooter was driving was found and is being investigated, officials said. The gunman and the woman were taken into custody, they said.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez also took to Twitter and extended his condolences.
I’m sad to share with you that we’ve lost one of our own. Our @HCSOTexas was unable to recover from his injuries. There are no words to convey our sadness. Please keep his family and our agency in your prayers. #HouNews— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) September 27, 2019
(With PTI Inputs)