Houston officer injured in helicopter crash now serious

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CORRECTS DATE OF PHOTO TO THURSDAY, NOV. 22, 2018, INSTEAD OF NOV. 21, 2020, AND CORRECTS BYLINE TO MARIE D. DE JESÚS INSTEAD OF STEVE GONZALES – This Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, photo shows Houston police Officer Jason Knox in a restored HPD cruiser during the H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade in Houston. The Houston police department tweeted that Knox, a Tactical Flight Officer, was killed when a police helicopter crashed early Saturday, May 2, 2020, in Houston. (Marie D. De Jesús/Houston Chronicle via AP)

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston police officer injured in a police helicopter crash that killed another officer is now in serious condition.

Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center spokesperson Natasha Barrett said 35-year-old Chase Cormier was upgraded from critical condition Sunday following surgery after the early Saturday morning crash.

Police say 35-year-old Officer Jason Knox, the son of Houston City Council Member Mike Knox, died of injuries suffered in the crash.

The helicopter was part of a search for bodies in a nearby bayou, which was prompted by a tip that Police Chief Art Acevedo has said was “probably a bogus call — we don’t know.”

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