Houston Restaurant Shooting: Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Off-Duty Officer and Friend

Sentence of 60 Years Reached in Plea Deal

A resolution has been reached in the 2021 fatal shooting of an off-duty New Orleans police officer and his friend at a Houston restaurant. One of the suspects, Frederick Jackson, has pleaded guilty to the murders.

Plea Bargain Secures Prison Time

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced on Wednesday that Jackson, 22, entered a guilty plea in exchange for a 60-year prison sentence. This plea deal avoids a trial that was scheduled for this week.

Victims Identified as New Orleans Officer and Friend

The two individuals killed in the August 2021 robbery attempt were New Orleans Police Detective Everett Briscoe, 41, and Dyrin “DJ” Riculfy, 43. Both were reportedly enjoying a meal on the restaurant’s patio when they were approached by the armed suspects.

Details of the Shooting and Aftermath

Houston police reported that two individuals wearing hoodies confronted Briscoe and Riculfy, demanding valuables before opening fire. The suspects fled the scene, but were later apprehended. Detective Briscoe died at the scene, while Riculfy succumbed to his injuries ten days later at a Houston hospital.

Sentencing and Remaining Defendants

Jackson’s guilty plea was formalised in a Houston courtroom on Tuesday. He will be required to serve at least 30 years before becoming eligible for parole. Formal sentencing is scheduled for Monday.

The case against two other suspects, Anthony Rayshard Jenkins, 24, and Khalil Nelson, 21, is ongoing. Both remain in jail awaiting trial.