Off-duty New Orleans detective killed in Houston had been in city only a few hours, friend says
The friend of an off-duty New Orleans police detective killed last weekend in a brazen robbery outside a popular Houston restaurant that left another person injured said they were in the city for only a few hours before he was gunned down.
Detective Everett Briscoe, a 13-year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department, was visiting Houston on Saturday with members of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, a New Orleans group that puts on a Mardi Gras parade.
Club President Elroy James told Fox News he, Briscoe and other members were visiting friends from the club who lived in Houston. Some had moved to the city following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, he said.
"We got there around 2:30 p.m. and put our belongings in the hotel and went across the street to a restaurant," James said.
They dropped off their bags at the Hotel Derek near The Galleria mall and walked to the Grotto Ristorante to smoke cigars, James said. The group was seated on the outdoor patio and ordered a few drinks.
At some point, James left to walk over to a CVS pharmacy to purchase some pain medication. Minutes later, two suspects approached the group around 5 p.m. and demanded their property, authorities said.
Witnesses said they complied and one of the suspects opened fire and struck two people, including Briscoe, police said. Post too long. Click here to view the full text.