Deputy Sheriff Patrick Steven Coyle

Deputy Sheriff Patrick Steven Coyle

San Diego County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, February 16, 1997

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Patrick Steven Coyle

Deputy Sheriff Patrick Coyle was killed, and another deputy was injured in a helicopter crash in the Sycamore Canyon area at 7:44 pm.

The two deputies were looking for possible trespassers when the Hughes 500 helicopter suddenly lost power and fell from the sky. The tail was sheared from the helicopter on impact, but the passenger compartment was left largely intact.

Deputy Coyle died of his injuries approximately three hours after the crash.

Deputy Coyle had served in law enforcement for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and two small children.

The Deputy Pat Coyle Memorial Helipad at the San Diego County Sheriff's Department is named in his honor.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

mechanical failure

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Pat was my academy roommate. Great guy and great Deputy

Roger “Scott” Stewart. Deputy (ret)
Solano and El Dorado SO

August 10, 2018

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