HOUSTON, Texas (KXAN) — Family and friends of a police officer killed in a helicopter crash in Houston last weekend have paid their respects to him today.
The funeral for Jason Knox began at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Houston’s First Baptist Church.
Knox, a tactical flight officer, and Houston Police Department pilot Chase Cormier were called to investigate reports of bodies floating in a nearby bayou in the early hours of May 2.
The helicopter crashed at an apartment complex at about 2 a.m., killing Knox. Cormier survived the crash and is recovering in hospital.
Police chief Art Acevedo said Knox is survived by a wife and two young children.
“We’re going to miss him. He had a heart of gold, integrity second to none,” Acevedo said.
Social distancing guidelines in place due to the coronavirus pandemic will be in place during Knox’s funeral.
A teenager has been arrested for allegedly shooting at another helicopter that was flying over the scene of the crash.
Investigators believe Josue Trajedo fired at least five shots from two different locations. He is charged with aggravated assault and tampering, but detectives believe he did not cause the initial crash.