HOUSTON – A New Orleans police officer who was not on duty was killed Saturday in a double shootout at a restaurant in the Galleria area, according to the Houston Police Department.
Authorities said another victim was also shot and taken to hospital in critical condition.
The officer on leave was later identified as NOPD Detective Everett Briscoe, a 13-year law enforcement veteran.
“Chief Randy Fandal and the entire Slidell Police Department extend their sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of NOPD Detective Everett Briscoe,” the Slidell Police Department said in a social media statement. .
Police said the two suspects were still at large. A reward of $ 10,000 is offered for any information leading to their arrest.
Houston Police said officers responded to the shooting around 5:15 p.m. Saturday at the Grotto Ristorante at 4715 Westheimer Road. According to HPD, a group of people were sitting outside having dinner when two suspects approached from the patio side. Police said the suspects had guns and asked for the victims’ personal effects.
Witnesses told police the victims complied. But, one of the suspects fired; and both victims were hit.
The HPD said the suspects fled the scene in a gray or silver four-door Nissan Altima with cardboard plates.
“It makes no sense,” HPD chief Troy Finner said at a press conference on Saturday. “We’re going to stand together as a city. (When) you look at the statistics over the last two weeks, crime has gone down a bit and we want to keep doing that. But right now I’m not worried about status and worried about having these two people because I don’t want them to be a reflection of our city.
Finner has asked anyone with information regarding this shooting to contact Houston Police. He also asked for prayers for the families of the two victims.
Here’s the full press conference from Chief HPD Troy Finner:
New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Shaun Ferguson released a statement:
We have been informed of this incident. We are confident that the Houston Police Department will work diligently to find the perpetrators of this terrible crime.
We pray for the family of our deceased officer. We also pray for the family of the second victim of this incident.
I want to thank Houston Police Chief Troy Finner for his strong words of support tonight.
I also ask you to pray for the NOPD family as we begin to understand the tremendous loss we have suffered.
At this point, we will not identify the deceased officer and we ask that you respect the privacy of his family at this terrible time.
Here is a statement from a Grotto / Landry spokesperson:
Since this incident is still under investigation by the Houston Police Department, we recommend that you contact them directly at 713.308.3280 for information.
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