Funeral services, local fundraisers announced for fallen officer Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal

Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal was shot Sept. 27 while conducting a traffic stop.

Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal was shot Sept. 27 while conducting a traffic stop.

Ten-year Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal was shot while conducting a traffic stop near the West Road and Hwy. 6 intersection in Cy-Fair on Friday, Sept. 27. He died later that afternoon at Memorial Hermann Hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Throughout his life, Deputy Dhaliwal's service stretched far beyond his work on patrol,” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said in a statement. “He contributed meaningful support in our county after Hurricane Harvey by mobilizing support and resources for survivors. He also helped redefine what it means to be an officer in the most diverse county in America.”

A member of the Sikh community, Dhaliwal was the first Harris County Sheriff’s deputy to wear articles of religion while on duty, she said.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a candlelight vigil for the fallen officer Monday, Sept. 30, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth Park, 9118 Wheat Cross Drive, Houston.

Funeral services are planned for Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress, and are open to the public, space permitting. A Sikh religious ceremony will start at 10:30 a.m., followed by a law enforcement ceremony at 11:30 a.m.

Several businesses have announced fundraisers to support Dhaliwal’s family and the HCSO Benevolence fund:

  • Papa John’s, all Greater Houston-area locations, Oct. 1

  • Bahama Buck's, 24510 Hwy. 249, Tomball, Oct. 2

  • Adriatic Cafe Italian Grill, all Greater Houston-area locations, Oct. 2-3

  • Gauchos Do Sul, 126 Vintage Park Blvd., Ste. H, Houston, dinner event on Oct. 3

  • Exclusive Furniture, all Greater Houston-area locations, Oct. 3-5

  • Texas Roadhouse, 13345 FM 1960, Houston, lunch event on Oct. 11

  • Brew:30 Taphouse, 15914 Telge Road, Cypress, from 6-10 p.m. on Oct. 12

  • Towne Flowers, Furnishings and Decor, 3332 Spring Stuebner Road, Spring, $10 memorial bows

Local officials shared their condolences on social media over the weekend:

By Danica Smithwick
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a Cy-Fair reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She became editor of the Cy-Fair edition in March 2020 and continues to cover education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development and nonprofits.


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