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.
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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.READ MORE: Mavericks Fans Must Bring COVID-19 Vaccine Card Or Proof Of Negative Test To Attend Dallas' Home Opener
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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