Off-duty New Orleans police officer killed in southwest Houston

Published: Aug. 21, 2021 at 9:10 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - An NOPD officer was fatally shot in Houston early this afternoon.

During a news conference, the Houston police chief says the officer is one of the two men who were shot at a restaurant just before 5:30 p.m.

Preliminary reports suggest two suspects came to the restaurant patio with guns drawn to rob the group the two men were with and shot.

Houston police tweeted out photos of the two men wanted in the shooting. They’re described as two black men who left the scene in a silver or gray Nissan Altima.

NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson released a statement regarding the fallen officer: “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 the 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.”

Mayor Cantrell also gave a statement via Twitter: “My condolences go out to the family of our fallen officer and the NOPD team during this difficult time.”

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