Houston : Robert Solis, the man convicted of murdering Sandeep Dhaliwal, the first turbaned Indian American Sikh police officer in the US state of Texas while making a traffic stop in 2019, has been sentenced to death, a police official said.
The verdict was handed down by the jury. Solis showed no emotion as the sentence was read on Wednesday Jurors deliberated for just 35 minutes before recommending the death penalty. ” Verdict is in Jurors sentence Robert Solis to death. We are grateful that justice has been served, ” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted. Dhaliwal, 42, was a 10 – year – veteran of the Harris County sheriff’s office. He made headlines when he was allowed to grow a beard and wear a turban on the job.
Dhaliwal was gunned down in an ambush-style shooting while conducting a routine mid-day traffic stop in northwest Houston on September 27, 2019. Authorities said Dhaliwal was shot multiple times from behind after he had stopped Solts, 50, in a residential area and was walking back to his patrol car “Basically just shot him in a very ruthless, the cold-blooded way ” said sheriff Gonzales in 2019.