Police Officer James Francis Dougherty

Police Officer James Francis Dougherty

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, January 11, 2000

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James Francis Dougherty

Police Officer James Dougherty and Inspector Kirk Brookbush were killed when their helicopter crashed near Crows Landing, Stanislaus County.

The officers were flying a Bell Jet Ranger OH-58 helicopter on a routine flight from a maintenance facility in Tulare County to San Francisco. They requested a flight level below 1,000 feet because of foggy conditions. After the request was made, at approximately 9:00 pm, the aircraft disappeared from radar screens. After an all night search, the wreckage was discovered at 8:30 am the next morning in a field near I-5.

Officer Dougherty was an experienced aircraft mechanic before joining the San Francisco Police Department. He had served with the San Francisco Police Department for 29 years. He is survived by his three children.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 29 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Miss you dad! Think about you all the time and am truly blessed that you came into our families lives. I wouldn’t be the man I am today if it weren’t for you. 4 more years and I retire from Army. I always tell my son about Grandpa Jim. I know your watching over mom and shaking your head as she’s still always right, Lol

SFC Paul Kang

January 29, 2020

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