An illegal alien has been arrested after allegedly opening fire on multiple Houston Police Department (HPD) helicopters at the scene of deadly chopper crash which claimed the life of Tactical Flight Officer Jason Knox.
Josue Daniel Claros-Trajedo, 19, a Honduran national illegally present in the U.S., admitted to discharging a firearm at HPD helicopters on May 2, corroborating surveillance footage from the area, authorities say.
Claros-Trajedo is now facing a slew of charges including two counts of aggravated assault on a public servant, tampering with evidence, discharging a firearm in a metro area, and unlawfully carrying a weapon, KHOU reports.
While authorities say they don’t think Claros-Trajedo’s shooting downed the chopper, an official reason has yet to be determined.
Shortly after the wreck, additional helicopters arrived at the scene to render emergency aid.
“Investigators believe Claros-Trajedo fired at least five shots from two different locations at the HPD and DPS helicopters that were hovering above the crash site, as first responders frantically worked below to rescue the officers,” ABC13 reports.
Claros-Trajedo admitted to firing a gun while drunk then hiding weapons in a vent before police arrived, according to court records reviewed by local media.
Cormier suffered critical injuries, including a broken back, but is expected to recover.
Officer Knox, 35, did not survive and left behind a wife and two children.
This is Houston Police Officer’s Jason Knox and Chase Cormier. Jason was killed Friday night when their helicopter went down and Chase suffered a broken back. Please pray for Jason’s family as their suffering with this terrible loss and please pray for Chase with his recovery. pic.twitter.com/On5AgZwQXT
— Jeff Brieden (@sheffery) May 3, 2020
Claros-Trajedo was determined to pose a flight risk and ordered held on $100,000 bond.
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