New Orleans detective murdered while having dinner at restaurant, killer still on the run

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HOUSTON, TX – The off-duty officer who was shot and killed at a Houston restaurant earlier in August has been identified as a New Orleans Police detective who had served with the department for 13 years.

Authorities say that the detective was one of two people shot during an armed robbery, where the victims complied with the robbers before being shot.

On August 21st, New Orleans Detective Everett Briscoe was out dining on the patio area of the Grotto Ristorante in Houston when two armed suspects approached a group of people at the patio and demanded that they hand over all their belongings.

Witnesses say that the group of diners had complied with the robbers’ demands, yet one of the suspects reportedly fired their weapon – killing Detective Briscoe and injuring another unidentified diner, who is currently in critical condition.

New Orleans Police Chief Shaun Ferguson was fighting back tears when he confirmed the passing of Detective Briscoe, describing the pain of having to inform the late officer’s wife and children that their father was stolen from them.

Later taking to Twitter, Chief Ferguson wrote the following:

“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.”

During the press conference held on August 22nd, New Orleans City Councilman Jay Banks spoke of Detective Briscoe highly, referring to him as a “gem” and a “jewel”:

“I’ve known Everett for a very long time. Actually, when he and Terrell started dating and had gotten married, I’ve known Everett. And I’m going to tell you, Everett was a gem – he was a jewel.

He loved his community, and he did everything he could to help make it better. Not just as a police officer, but as a citizen. It is very true that we lost a really good one.”

With his voice cracking, and struggling to hold back tears, Banks continued:

“And y’all, I’ve got to tell you, I’m about tired of doing this. I was at the house last night, Nick started his senior year, Terrell was asking me ‘Who is going to teach him how to tie his tie?’

I…I…there was no answer, because the only answer she wanted to hear was Everett is going to walk through the door – but he’s not.”

“This cancer of senseless violence has to stop. And I hear all these people talking about they’ve got a cure for crime, and they know how to stop crime – well tell me.

No other family should have to go through this. Nobody else should have to stand at one of these podiums and talk about this. We keep doing this. If I had the answer, I promise you, I would have done it.”

No arrests have been made in the case, as of this writing.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that information leading to the arrest of the people responsible for the killing of Detective Briscoe have been increased to $10,000:

“The rewards for the arrest of persons who shot and killed an off-duty [New Orleans Police] officer and critically injured his friend in the 4700 block of Westheimer and a young father on I-10 near Federal have both been increased to $10K.”

“Please provide information that can lead to their arrest by contacting [Houston Police] Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or [Crime Stoppers Houston] at 713-222-TIPS (8477).”

The suspects were described as two black men that were last seen driving in either a silver or gray Nissan Altima with paper license plates at the time of the shooting.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.

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We at Law Enforcement Today previously reported on this shooting incident that killed Detective Briscoe, prior to officials releasing his identity. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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HOUSTON, TX – An off-duty police officer from New Orleans, Louisiana, has been shot and killed while enjoying a dinner out with friends in Houston.

On the evening of Saturday, August 21, the unidentified New Orleans police officer and his friends were eating on the patio at the Grotto Ristorante, near the Galleria shopping center in Houston.

According to WGNO News, shortly after 5 pm the group was approached by two suspects, who had guns drawn and “demanded whatever [the diners] had on them.”

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner stated that all witnesses said everyone on the patio complied with the demands of the suspects.  However, one suspect still opened fire on the group.  

In the words of Chief Finner, the suspect “cowardly shot” the police officer and another diner.

The police officer sadly died at the scene, shortly after the arrival of Houston police.

The other victim, who was also visiting from New Orleans, was transported to a nearby hospital, where he is currently listed in critical condition.

The suspects, who are still on the run, have been described by Houston Police as “2 black male suspects.”

Surveillance video appears to show one suspect wearing a white hoodie and black pants, and the other suspect wearing a black hoodie and jeans.

The pair reportedly fled in a 4-door gray or silver Nissan Altima bearing paper plates.

At a press conference after the shooting, Chief Finner stated:

“I’m asking Houston and New Orleans to please pray for [the slain officer] and his family.”

He continued with a strong message to his community:

“I want to talk to Houston today, and everybody that lives in Houston.

“We’re better than this.  And I’m not going to let by as the chief, and everybody that’s standing with me right now, and let a few little thugs tear down our city.  

“So when I ask you, and you ask, ‘What can you do for me? What can we do for our city?’ – somebody knows them.

“And I want everybody in every neighborhood to stand up, give us some information so we can get these individuals in custody.”

Finner went on to say:

“Y’all know I’m very respectful of people.  But right now I’m damn mad.

“It makes no sense, and we’re going to stand together as a city.

“You look at the stats over the last couple of weeks.  Crime has been going down a little bit and we want to continue to do that.

“But right now, I’m not worried about the stats.  I’m worrying about getting these two individuals, because I don’t want them to be a reflection of our city.”

Chief Finner declined to share the slain officer’s name at this time for privacy reasons, but did share that he had two children at home in New Orleans.

Finner also shared that his friend, New Orleans Police Superintendent Sean Ferguson, told him that the officer was “well-respected.”

Superintendent Ferguson also released a statement on the night of the shooting, saying:

“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.” 

He continued:

“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.” 

Ferguson concluded:

“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.”

This is a developing story.  Please continue to follow Law Enforcement today for updates on this homicide investigation.

The Homicide division of the Houston Police Department is accepting tips at 713-308-3600.

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Deputy murdered, killed by shooter while chasing suspect who took off during a traffic stop

(Originally published August 16th, 2021)

KALAMAZOO, MI – A Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s deputy is dead after a pursuit of a suspect earlier in August where officials say the 35-year-old suspect fired at deputies’ vehicles pursuing him.

Officials also confirmed that the suspect was fatally shot after the suspect crashed his vehicle and fired at deputies a second time.

The deputy killed during the August 15th pursuit was identified as Deputy Ryan J. Proxmire.

Authorities say the deputy was fatally shot while inside his cruiser pursuing 35-year-old Kyle Goidosik.

Officials said that earlier in the evening of August 15th, Portage Police officers attempted to pull Goidosik over for an unknown infraction, which led to a brief pursuit when the suspect refused to pull over.

At an unspecified gas station, Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Deputies made contact with the suspect. Goidosik reportedly brandished a gun at deputies during the confrontation and then fled southbound on MN Avenue.

The suspect opened fire on the deputies within a few minutes into the chase, shooting Deputy Proxmire near the intersection of MN Avenue and 38th Street in Climax Township. Deputy Proxmire’s then veered off of the road.

Other units were reportedly oblivious to Deputy Proxmire being shot, according to officials, and continued pursuing Goidosik. However, a passerby found Deputy Proxmire injured inside of his cruiser on the side of the road and called 911.

Sadly, Deputy Proxmire was pronounced deceased sometime before 6:00 p.m., according to officials.

The pursuit of Goidosik continued for roughly another 4.5 miles, until he wound up crashing near the intersection of 44th Street and Q Avenue. Officials say that Goidosik exited the crashed vehicle and opened fire on deputies again, with deputies returning fire and fatally striking the suspect.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel released a statement regarding the passing of Deputy Proxmire:

“Deputy Proxmire’s death earlier today from wounds suffered in a shooting last night should remind us of the danger law enforcement officers face every single day on the job. Like his colleagues in uniform, Deputy Proxmire pledged to protect and serve his community.”

“Today he paid that commitment with his life – the ultimate sacrifice. His family and friends must live with that sacrifice for the rest of their lives. Deputy Proxmire served his community with honor and dignity and will always be remembered for his courage.”

Portage Acting City Manager Adam D. Herringa also released a statement the day after Deputy Proxmire’s death:

“On behalf of the Portage City Council and City of Portage employees, I offer condolences and sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of slain Kalamazoo County Sheriff Deputy, Ryan J. Proxmire. We are all shocked and deeply saddened at the events that took the life of Deputy Proxmire in the line of duty.”

“At this difficult time, we reflect on the sacrifices that law enforcement officers everywhere make every day as they put their lives on the line to protect our safety. Deputy Proxmire gave his life to serve and protect the people of Kalamazoo County and he will forever be remembered for this ultimate sacrifice.”

During Deputy Proxmire’s time with the sheriff’s office, he worked alongside the road patrol, having also served as a field training officer, Taser instructor, and subject control/defensive tactics instructor.

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