A $10,000 reward has been offered following the deadly shooting of an off-duty New Orleans police officer at the Galleria eatery.
According to the Houston Police Department, an off-duty New Orleans police officer was slain Saturday in a double shooting at a restaurant in the Galleria area.
According to officials, another victim was shot and was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
The off-duty cop was ultimately identified as New Orleans Police Department Detective Everett Briscoe, a 13-year veteran of law enforcement.
“Chief Randy Fandal and the entire Slidell Police Department express their sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of NOPD Detective Everett Briscoe,” the Slidell Police Department announced in a social media post.
According to police, the two suspects are still at large. There is a $10,000 prize for information leading to their arrest.
Officers responded to the incident at Grotto Ristorante, 4715 Westheimer Road, at around 5:15 p.m. Saturday. According to the Houston Police Department, a group of people were dining outside when two suspects approached the patio’s side. According to police, the suspects were armed and demanded the victims’ property.
According to witnesses, the victims cooperated. However, one of the criminals fired shots, striking the two victims.
According to HPD, the suspects fled the scene in a gray or silver Nissan Altima four-door with fake plates.
“It makes no sense,” HPD Chief Troy Finner stated during a Saturday press conference. “As a city, we’re going to stand together. (When) you examine the statistics over the last couple of weeks, you’ll notice that crime has decreased slightly, and we want to maintain that trend. However, I am not concerned with their standing and am focused on acquiring these two individuals since I do not want them to be a reflection of our city.”
Finner urged anyone with knowledge about this shooting to contact the Houston Police Department. He also begged prayers for the families of both victims.