Houston teen accused of shooting at officers responding to fatal police helicopter crash

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Police: Texas man accused of shooting at officers responding to fatal helicopter crash

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

A 19-year-old man is accused of shooting at two choppers that were responding to a fatal crash involving a Houston Police Department helicopter, authorities said.

Josue Daniel Claros-Trajedo was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer when he allegedly shot at two helicopters responding to a 75-Fox that crashed into an apartment complex, killing one officer and critically injuring another, KTRK reported.

Jason Knox, a tactical flight officer, was killed in the May 2 crash, and senior police Officer Chase Cormier was critically injured in the crash.

Police said Claros-Trajedo shot several rounds into the air at the helicopters.

"We have charged this individual with two counts of aggravated assault on a public servant involving not 75-Fox, but 79-Fox, which was a backup helicopter that responded,” Houston police Chief Art Acevedo said during a news conference Friday.

According to court documents, Claros-Trajedo hid firearms in an air vent in his apartment after he was seen, KPRC reported. He admitted to discharging the firearm while intoxicated, the television station reported.

Claros-Trajedo’s bail bond was set at $100,000, according to court documents.

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