RELATED: Off-duty officer killed in shooting at Galleria-area restaurant, suspects still on the run
Everett Briscoe, 41, was eating with a group at Grotto, an upscale restaurant in the 4700 block of Westheimer when two men approached with guns drawn. While the group complied with their demands, one of the suspects opened fire, hitting Briscoe and another person.
"He was just out there having fun with friends, getting some much-needed rest and relaxation," New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said Sunday. "He worked tirelessly."
#NOPDNews has suffered a loss today. We are praying for the family of our fallen officer. We are also praying for the family of the second victim in this incident.— NOPD (@NOPDNews) August 22, 2021
I want to thank Houston Police Chief Troy Finner for his strong words of support tonight. 1/2
Briscoe was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim was last listed in critical condition at a hospital.
"He was a great officer, a great detective, a great friend," Ferguson said.
Briscoe was a member of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, a New Orleans organization known for its elaborate Zulu parade each year during Mardi Gras. He was in Houston with other members of the group.
Briscoe is survived by his wife and two children.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell also offered her condolences via Twitter Sunday afternoon.
The City of New Orleans is in mourning.— Mayor LaToya Cantrell (@mayorcantrell) August 22, 2021
The New Orleans Police Department is in mourning.
The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club is in mourning.
We’re all mourning with the Briscoe family- the loss of Detective Briscoe, who will never be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/nRceHRuBMP
In Houston, surveillance video from nearby businesses showed the two men who are believed to be the suspects. One was seen wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans. The other was wearing black pants, with a white hoodie.
They left the scene in a gray or silver Nissan Altima that had paper tags.
I am extremely heartbroken about the death of my dear friend and brother Detective Everette Briscoe who was killed while off-duty in Houston, Texas. I am praying for the family of Det. Briscoe and for the family of the second victim in this incident.— NOPD Chief Shaun Ferguson (@NOPDChief) August 22, 2021
Lifting up the memory of my friend and Zulu brother NOPD Officer Everett Briscoe today. Praying for his family and the other victim in this senseless act of violence. A tragic day for our community. Rest in Peace. https://t.co/EMlHpk8WL0 pic.twitter.com/ZqPmj5LOQR— Congressman Troy A. Carter (@RepTroyCarter) August 22, 2021