HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – A judge has ordered the Houston man charged with capital murder in the shooting of a sheriff’s deputy be held without bond. Robert Solis is accused of fatally shooting Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal during a traffic stop Friday near Houston.
Police say 42-year-old Dhaliwal was shot multiple times from behind. He was airlifted to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
District Judge Chris Morton said Monday that, if convicted, 47-year-old Solis could face the death penalty.
Solis had a warrant for violating parole when Dhaliwal stopped him Friday. Authorities say they received “credible information” that Solis might have a mental illness or intellectual disability and ordered an evaluation.
Dhaliwal was the first Sikh sheriff’s deputy on Harris County’s force.
Dhaliwal is the second Texas deputy to die while making a traffic stop this year.
El Paso County Deputy Peter Herrera was fatally shot during a March traffic stop in San Elizario, about 25 miles southeast of El Paso. Both occupants of the car were charged with capital murder and await trial.
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