Houston PD Officer Killed As Helicopter Crashes At Apartment Building
Houston, TX - A Houston Police Department (HPD) officer was killed and a second officer was critically wounded after the police helicopter they were in crashed at an apartment complex.
The incident happened just before 2 a.m. at the Biscayne Apartments in the 1700 block of Imperial Valley, according to KHOU.
The HPD helicopter responded to the area for reports of bodies floating in a bayou.
The helicopter then crashed at the apartment complex. The reason for the crash is unknown.
The helicopter did not hit an occupied building and nobody on the ground was hurt.
Officer Jason Knox and an unidentified officer were trapped in the helicopter for over an hour as rescuers worked to cut them out of the wreckage.
The officers were then transported to the hospital where Officer Knox succumbed to his injuries. The second officer remains in critical condition, according to KPRC.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters that while police were investigating the crash scene, they heard shots fired nearby and six people were taken into custody.
The chief said that there's no reason to believe at this time that the helicopter was shot, and the incidents appear unrelated.
The helicopter crash is being investigated as a homicide, but Chief Acevedo said that they don't have information at this time to suggest that anybody took down the helicopter.
“No stone will go unturned in the investigation of this crash,” Chief Acevedo told reporters.