5 things for Houstonians to know for Thursday, September 2

Dyrin Riculfy, 43 (KPRC 2)

Here are things to know for Thursday, September 2:

1. Suspect fatally shot, deputy critically injured after 20-minute pursuit in north Houston, officials say

A suspect was fatally shot Wednesday night and a Harris County constable deputy was critically injured and transported by Life Flight to a local hospital following a 20-minute pursuit in north Houston, authorities said.

Harris County Precinct 1 deputies said the suspect was first seen by witnesses in a church parking lot ramming into other vehicles. Deputies said when they found the suspect, he was driving the wrong way on W. Hardy Road. Authorities said they thought the man was a drunk driver.

Deputies said they attempted to pull the vehicle over around 10 p.m. but the driver refused to stop, leading deputies on a chase for about 20 minutes.

During that time, deputies said they ran the license plate on the vehicle and determined the vehicle was stolen. The chase ended near the 1200 block of Mitchell Road, investigators say.

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2. Man shot along with slain New Orleans detective at Houston restaurant has also died, authorities say

The second man injured in a shooting at a Houston restaurant that killed a detective from New Orleans has died, authorities said.

Dyrin Riculfy, 43, who had been hospitalized in critical condition after the shooting at the Grotto Ristorante in the Galleria area, reportedly passed away Tuesday from his injuries.

Detective Everett Briscoe, 41, was fatally shot at the restaurant while on a trip with friends from a well-known New Orleans social club.

Investigators said Frederick Jackson, 19, and Anthony Jenkins, 21, are in custody and charged with capital murder and attempted capital murder. Their charges are expected to be upgraded.

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3. Judge denies bond for suspect arrested in shooting that killed Orleans detective, his friend

Anthony Jenkins, 21, appeared in court Wednesday and was given no bond.

Jenkins is one of two men arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of New Orleans Det. Everett Briscoe and his friend Dyrin Riculfy, 43, who was pronounced dead Tuesday night.

For the first time, detectives in the investigation said Briscoe was carrying a gun but it’s unclear if he tried to use it during the attempted robbery.

Jenkins and Frederick Jackson, 19, are both charged with capital murder and attempted capital murder but those charges will likely be upgraded because of Riculfy’s passing.

“The state put us on notice that they fully intend to file capital murder charges against both Mr. Jenkins and Mr. Jackson so they’ll both have two capital murder charges,” said Jenkin’s attorney Anthony Osso.

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4. Houston family among hundreds of Americans left behind in Afghanistan, lawmaker says

A Houston family is among more than 100 Americans left behind in Afghanistan, according to a local high-ranking lawmaker.

Rep. Michael McCaul, who represents District 10 of Texas, said a family of four from the Houston area are currently stranded in Afghanistan.

The family has been desperately trying to leave for the past two weeks, even making its way to the airport in Kabul only to be stopped by the Taliban, according to CNN.

“We were in constant contact with our people on the ground regarding a family of four from Houston that had every right to get into that airport,” said the Republican congressman.

Rep. McCaul said the family has American passports. He said President Biden has failed on his promise to get all Americans and Afghan interpreters and contractors out of the country.

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5. 622 nurses arriving in Harris County to help assist in staffing shortages, rising COVID-19 cases, Judge Hidalgo says

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced Tuesday that 622 nurses are arriving in the country to help assist hospitals with the shortage of nurses as they battle rising COVID-19 cases.

The additional staffing is due to Hidalgo’s $30 million plan to bring more nurses outside of the region into hospitals across the Houston area in response to the overwhelming amount of people in emergency rooms and ICU due to the pandemic.

Hidalgo said the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council will help distribute the nurses to the hospitals, as needed.

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