Bio & Incident Details
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Cause: Aircraft accident
Patrolman Humberto Avila was killed when the helicopter he was flying crashed shortly after takeoff. It was later determined that the cause of the accident was due to the use of the wrong type of bolts.
Dispatcher Douglas Dodson of the Harlingen Police Department, who was acting as observer, was also killed. The helicopter was co-owned by several regional agencies.
Patrolman Avila was a U.S. Army veteran and was survived by his wife and six children.
Related Line of Duty Deaths
Dispatcher Douglas Lee Dodson