Jason Knox Wiki – Jason Knox Bio
Houston Police Department chief Art Acevedo identified Jason Knox as the tactical flight officer involved in the accident and later died in hospital. He was the son of Houston Councilman General Mike Knox.
Officer Jason Knox, 35, was sworn in as a HPD officer in June 2012.
He was assigned to the Midwest Patrol Division and the Office of Public Affairs before joining the Air & Marine Division in January 2019.
He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/9HoJ2y3WkS
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) May 2, 2020
The Houston police officer who died after a helicopter crash early Saturday morning is being remembered as a loving father and husband. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo was thrilled to speak about the loss of tactical flight officer Jason Knox.
Jason Knox Age
He was 35 years old.
Jason Knox Family
Knox was married with young children- a boy and a girl. His father is Houston City Council Member Mike Knox, a former Houston Police officer.
Jason Knox Work & Career
He was serving as a tactical flight officer aboard a helicopter that fell around 2 a.m. in the Greenspoint area. He and the pilot were flown on a Life Flight flight from the Greenspoint area to Memorial Hermann. The pilot was still in surgery and Chief Art Acevedo said he has significant injuries. Acevedo said it took the fire department an hour to remove officers from the wreckage. The HPD helicopter did not catch fire when it crashed because it landed near a pool.
Knox joined HPD in 2012 after serving six years as a deputy agent for Harris County, according to records from the Houston Police Officers Union. He was assigned to the Midwest Patrol Division and the Office of Public Affairs before joining the Air and Navy Division in January 2019.
What Happened To Helicopter
The HPD crash was reported at about 2 a.m. at the Biscayne At Cityview Apartment complex located at 17050 Imperial Valley Drive, near the Greenspoint neighborhood.
According to Acevedo, the two officers were in the 75 Fox helicopter from the Houston Police Department’s Air Operations Unit and were investigating reports of bodies floating 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,” Acevedo said.
Officials from the Houston Fire Department, the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office all rushed to the scene, Acevedo said.
The pilot and the co-pilot were trapped in the wreckage for a while as crews worked to get them out.
Firefighters “worked feverishly to extricate and cut the pilots out. They literally had to cut the pilots out of the wreckage,” Acevedo said.
Once freed, the officers were airlifted to Memorial Hermann hospital for treatment and both were in critical condition with serious injuries, Acevedo said.
“The wreckage was pretty significant,” Acevedo said. “There were no flames involved and that’s been a blessing. And the silver lining. The other silver lining was the pilot was able to avoid the apartment buildings.”
None of the residents of the apartment complex were injured in the crash.
It is with heavy hearts we mourn the loss of @houstonpolice Tactical Flight Officer Jason Knox.
— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) May 2, 2020
“They were able to avoid going into the actual apartment buildings where people were sleeping and were able to, basically, they clipped a part of the clubhouse,” Acevedo said.
The injured pilot and technical flight officer’s families were picked up and rushed to the hospital.
The investigation into the HPD helicopter crash will be extensive, according to Acevedo. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Agency will conduct investigations, in conjunction with the Houston Police Department. HPD will address the accident as a homicide investigation. “We have lost one of ours,” Acevedo said. “We will not leave any stone unturned as part of our investigation into the cause of this accident. We will look at it from a criminal standpoint to make sure that there is no criminal activity that has led to this tragic incident.” Acevedo said the department will close the flights until further notice as a precautionary measure as investigations continue. Meanwhile, HPD will obtain flight support from the Harris County Department of Public Safety and the Division of Air Operations. At approximately 3 a.m., while police were at the scene of the accident, Acevedo said that the shots rang out on the street and three suspects were arrested. Acevedo said this was a separate incident that was not related to the accident.