Police Officer Desmond J. Casey

Police Officer Desmond J. Casey

San Jose Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, October 25, 1999

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Desmond J. Casey

Officer Desmond Casey was killed when the helicopter he was piloting crashed at 3:36 pm.

Officer Casey and a mechanic were flying the helicopter to the San Jose International Airport after receiving mechanical work. During the flight, the rear of the helicopter experienced mechanical failure, causing it to spin out of control. Officer Casey was able to crash-land the helicopter in an empty spot on the I 880 and The Alameda, avoiding a worse disaster. Both he and the mechanic were killed in the crash.

Officer Casey was a California National Guard veteran and had served with the San Jose Police Department for ten years. He was survived by his parents and fiancee.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 2705
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

helicopter crash, mechanical failure

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Officer Casey,
On today, the 23rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the California Air National Guard-especially when you were in Northern Iraq during Operation Northern Watch after the 1991 Gulf War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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October 25, 2022

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