Police officer on leave shot dead in Houston restaurant; suspects still at large
OUSTON (WGNO– Two suspects are still at large after killing a New Orleans cop on leave at a Houston restaurant early Saturday night.
According to KTRK-ABC 13, shortly after 5 p.m., one of the two suspects fired two shots in the patio of the Grotto Ristorante located at block 4700 of Westheimer Road, one bullet hitting the NOLA officer, who was taking a meal with a group of people.
Arms in hand, the two suspects approached the group and demanded items. Witnesses said everyone complied, but the shooter opened fire anyway.
Another victim, who was also shot, was hospitalized and is listed in critical condition.
One suspect was described as a man wearing a black hoodie with black pants. The other male suspect wore a white hoodie with black pants. The suspect vehicle (shown above) is described as a gray or silver four-door Nissan Altima with paper plates.
NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson issued a statement at 8:43 p.m.
“We have been made aware of this incident,” said Ferguson. “We are certain 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 would also ask you to pray for the NOPD family as we begin to understand the tremendous loss we have suffered,” Ferguson continued. “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. “
No arrests have been made, but HPD agents are looking for the suspected gunman along Westheimer Road.
The names of the victims have not been released at this time.