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A Houston Police Officer Was Killed in a Helicopter Accident

May 04, 2020

HOUSTON, TX – According to an online news report published on, a police officer from the Houston Police Department was tragically killed in a police helicopter accident on early Saturday morning on May 2, 2020.  The other police officer, who piloted the helicopter, is in critical condition.  The police officers were conducting body recovery search over a nearby bayou, according to law enforcement officials.

The two officers were each flown to a hospital to receive life-saving medical attention.  Unfortunately, the tactical flight officer passed away a few hours following the accident, according to Chief Art Acevedo.  The Tactical Flight Officer is survived by his wife and two children and was known by his colleagues as having integrity, and he had a heart of gold. 

According to Chief Art Acevedo, both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Board are investigating the accident.  Currently, there was no cause for the accident reported.  In addition to the accident investigations by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Board, the Houston police are conducting a homicide investigation.  

Chief Acevedo stated that six people were arrested and taken into custody for discharging their firearms at approximately 3 a.m.  Chief Acevedo did not formally accuse the suspects of shooting at the helicopter.  But Chief Acevedo stated that the accident investigation is going to determine if gunfire struck the police helicopter.  

The helicopter was severely damaged, and the wreckage trapped the two police officers for nearly an hour as firefighters tried to extract the injured officers.  Fortunately, the police helicopter missed pedestrians and the apartment buildings near the accident.  Also, it is fortunate that the police helicopter didn’t catch fire. 

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