Off-duty TSA employee’s TikTok video of fatal HPD helicopter crash could be vital in investigation

Early Saturday morning, while he was in his Greenspoint apartment, Jauan Kenney, heard a helicopter overhead, and decided to step-out on his balcony for a better look.

HOUSTON – A TikTok video captured the devastating moment an HPD helicopter fell to the ground, killing one officer and leaving the other in critical condition.

Houston resident Jauan Kenney, whose apartment is across the street from the crash site, filmed the video early Saturday morning.

“Wait, wait, wait, stop! No, no, no, no!”Kenney is heard screaming in the video. “Oh my God, that helicopter just fell out of the sky."

In an interview with KPRC 2, Kenney recalled the moment he saw the helicopter fall from the sky as "scary."

"I have never seen anything like this happen before,” Kenney said.

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As of Monday, Kenney had talked with investigators from the Houston Police Department about the video, because what he captured may prove to e an invaluable piece of the investigation into what caused the crash that killed Tactical Flight Officer Jason Knox and seriously injured pilot, Officer Chase Cormier.

He had not talked with NTSB investigators, and it was unclear Monday if he would be interviewed by that agency.

The officers in the helicopter were responding to a report of bodies found in a nearby bayou, Police Chief Art Acevedo said. The helicopter crashed into part of an apartment complex located at 17050 Imperial Valley Drive, near the Greenspoint neighborhood in north Houston.

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The National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Aviation Agency and the Houston Police Department are conducting a joint investigation into the crash. In a briefing Saturday afternoon, Acevedo said the joint investigation could take weeks, if not months.

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