E.O.W: Houston Police Officer Jason Knox Died In A Helicopter Crash Early Saturday

by AmericasKeepersAdmin on May 02, 2020

Around 2am a Houston Police Helicopter crashed into an apartment complex, killing one officer and injuring an other.

Officer Jason Knox and Officer Chase Cormier from Houston Police Department’s Air Operations Unit were in a 75 Fox Helicopter investigating reports of floating bodies in a bayou

“They responded right before 2 a.m. and within minutes we got reports from the Houston Forensic Science Center crime scene unit that was working a murder scene at the 17000 block of Imperial Valley that our helicopter had gone down,” 
– Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo

The Houston Fire Department, Police Department and Harris County Sheriff’s Department all rushed to the scene. Crews worked to get the two officers out of the wreckage. Once they were able to free the officers both were rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Jason Knox was one of the tactical flight officers, who was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital. He had been with the police department for 8.5 years and with the air unit for over a year.

 “Jason Knox was a good man. If someone would have told me, a few hours later, we would have an aircraft down. We would lose a really good man. I would have said no way.”
– Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo

Chase Cormier was the other tactical flight officer. He was airlifted to the hospital and taken into surgery. Currently he is out of surgery and conscious. Cormier has been with the Houston Police Department since June 2006 and is currently assigned to the Air and Marine Division.

“I ask for the city of Houston to continue to lift up both families, especially lift up the family of the police officer that has died… At the same time, lift up the entire HPD family.”
– Mayor Sylvester Turner 

There will be an extensive investigation into the cause of the crash and it is being treated as a homicide investigation. The Houston Police Department along with The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Agency will be looking into the crash.

“We have lost one of our own. We won’t leave any stone unturned as part of our investigation until the cause of this crash. We will look at it from a criminal standpoint to make sure there was no criminal activity that led to this tragic incident.”
– Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends who have been impacted by this horrible tragedy

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