Robert Solis, 47, was arrested Friday and charged with capital murder not long after police said he killed Sikh deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal
A man accused of shooting and killing a Texas Sheriff's representative during a traffic stop was a wanted man at the time of the stop.
Robert Solis, 47, was arrested Friday and charged with capital murder, not long after police said he had killed Sikh deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal.
Dhaliwal had stopped Solis for a traffic violation and walked back to his patrol car on Friday afternoon when he was shot twice, including one in the back of his mind.
Solis was wanted on a conditional violation order, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said on Twitter, which may help explain why the shooting took place.
Authorities did not reveal what Solis did to violate his conditional release.
He was released from prison and conditionally released since 2014. In 2002, he was convicted in Harris County for severe abduction and assault with a deadly weapon, according to court reports.
Groundbreaking Sikh delegate Sandeep Dhaliwal stopped Solis for a traffic violation and walked back to his patrol car when he was shot twice, also in the back of the head
& # 39; This man had a heart of gold, & # 39; said ex-sherriff Adrian Garcia. & # 39; He treated his brothers and sisters in law enforcement as if they were just brothers and sisters. He thought of them before he thought of himself. He thought of the wider community before he thought of himself. & # 39;
He would remain conditional until 2022, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
& # 39; He probably knew he was going back to jail and did not want to go back & # 39 ;, said Major Sheriff, Mike Lee, KTRK.
Solis has been a wanted fugitive since 2017 for violating conditional release on charges of severe mistreatment with a deadly weapon.
A judge ordered Solis to hold on to a probable cause Saturday morning without a union. His next legal action is scheduled for Monday.
& # 39; The nature of the allegations in this case and the manner in which the murder was committed indicate to me that Mr. Solis is in great and immediate danger to the community in general & # 39 ;, the judge said.
Authorities say 47-year-old Robert Solis was caught on surveillance videos and tried to throw the gun that was used in the murder outside of a nearby company. He was caught in a nearby shopping mall
Sheriff's deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal is pictured in 2015
Saturday morning it was revealed in court that Solis was caught on surveillance videos in an attempt to throw the semi-automatic caliber Glock 45 away from the murder.
Officials say that Solis even called friends after the shooting and told them he just shot an assistant sheriff and had to be picked up.
Dhaliwal, 42, was declared dead at Memorial Hermann Hospital after the 12:45 pm shoot in a residential dead end street 18 miles northwest of Houston.
Dhaliwal had put a vehicle with two people in it when one of the passengers could leave the vehicle, approached the delegate from behind and shot him at least twice – & # 39; just shot him in a very ruthless, cold-blooded way, & # 39 ; said Gonzalez.
Gonzalez's predecessor as sheriff, Adrian Garcia, implemented a religious accommodation policy that allowed Dhaliwal to wear the traditional turban and beard of the Sikh religion.
& # 39; This man had a heart of gold, & # 39; said Garcia. & # 39; He treated his brothers and sisters in law enforcement as if they were just brothers and sisters. He thought of them before he thought of himself. He thought of the wider community before he thought of himself. & # 39;
Law enforcers greet while guiding the body of Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal
The Dhaliwal dashboard camera recorded video of Dhaliwal speaking to the driver in an apparent conversation tone with & # 39; no fight, no hassle & # 39 ;, said Major Mike Lee.
The driver's door was opened at one point and Dhaliwal closed it while the driver remained in the vehicle. When Dhaliwal turned to walk back to his patrol car, the driver got out of the car & # 39; almost immediately with a gun & # 39 ;, Lee said.
The driver shot the assistant sheriff from behind and slapped him in the back of the head. The driver got into his car again and drove off.
& # 39; It was a cold-blooded way, ambush style, how Vice-Dhaliwal was shot from behind, & # 39; said Gonzalez. & # 39; It's the worst day, the worst nightmare for every policeman. & # 39;
Mourners gather outside of Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston after Harriserep Sanderep Dhaliwal of Harris County was transported to the medical investigator's office after his death
Law enforcement officials and others mourn the escort of the body of Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
A delegate found Solis a short time later in an ice cream parlor less than 1.5 km from the shooting. He seemed nervous and was arrested at the nearby mall, Lee said.
Solis has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation.
Gonzalez explained how Dhaliwal cooperated with United Sikhs, an international non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian aid organization, human development and advocacy affiliated with the United Nations.
Dhaliwal, the father of three children, worked with the non-profit organization to organize the donation of first aid supplies after Hurricane Harvey devastated the county. He also went to Puerto Rico to help with relief after Hurricane Maria destroyed the island.
& # 39; He was a hero, & # 39; said Gonzalez. & # 39; Deputy Dhaliwal was a pioneer. & # 39;
& # 39; There are no words to speak about how sad we are, how devastated, & # 39; said the sheriff.
Dhaliwal is the second deputy from Texas who died while stopping traffic this year.
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