Off-duty New Orleans police officer shot to death outside Houston restaurant

August 21, 2021 - 07:45 PM

Houston, TX (BAMM Network) - A New Orleans police officer visiting Houston was shot and killed Saturday evening while eating dinner on the patio of a restaurant in the Galleria area. The shooting occurred just east of 610 West Loop at 4715 Westheimer Road, according to Chief Troy Finner from the Houston Police Department.

The chief said that two people were shot around 5:15 p.m., one receiving the fatal gunshot wound.  Finner stated that the two suspects left with nothing. Meanwhile, witnesses said one of the alleged gunman fired his weapon at some point during their encounter and a second victim was taken to the hospital where he is reported to be in critical condition.

Houston police are searching for two men, one wearing a black hoodie with black pants and the other wearing a white hoodie with black pants. Finner said they're driving a silver/gray Nissan Altima with paper license plates.

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"We're better than this," Finner said during a press conference.  "I'm not going to let by as chief, and everyone standing here with me right now," he added.

Finner said he will not release the names or ages of the victims but that the off-duty officer is a father of two children and well respected in the New Orleans Police Department.

NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson released the following statement:

"We have been made aware of this incident. We are certain the Houston Police Department will work diligently to find the perpetrators of this terrible crime. 

"We are praying for the family of our fallen officer. We are also praying for the family of the second victim in this incident. 

"I want to thank Houston Police Chief Troy Finner for his strong words of support tonight. 

"I would also ask that you pray for the NOPD family as we begin to understand the enormous loss we have suffered. 

"At this point, we will not be identifying the fallen officer and we ask that you respect the privacy of his family at this terrible time."

If you have any information that could help police in identifying the suspects are making an arrest, please call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

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