UPDATED 10:20 AM PT — Saturday, May 2, 2020
A Texas city is mourning the loss of a tactical police officer following a helicopter crash.
The pilot and the Officer Jason Knox crashed into part of an apartment complex in Houston on Saturday. They were reportedly responding to a call about bodies floating in a bayou.
According to authorities, the pilot was able to avoid all residential buildings and no civilians were injured.
The victims were pulled from the wreckage and airlifted to the hospital in critical condition.
“The pilot and the copilot were trapped in the wreckage for an extended period of time. HFB, Houston Fire Department assets responded to the scene and worked feverishly to cut the pilots out. They literally had to cut the pilots out of the wreckage.” – Chief Art Acevedo, Houston Police Department
It is with heavy hearts we mourn the loss of @houstonpolice Tactical Flight Officer Jason Knox.
— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) May 2, 2020
Officers have said it is unclear what caused the helicopter to go down. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.