Police Officer John William Libolt

Police Officer John William Libolt

Costa Mesa Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, March 10, 1987

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John William Libolt

Police Officer John Libolt and Police Officer Dave Ketchum were killed when their helicopter was involved in a midair collision with the Newport Beach Police Department's helicopter while providing air support to a vehicle pursuit along MacArthur Boulevard.

The Costa Mesa's Hughes 500E helicopter's rotor blades sheered off, causing the aircraft to fall from the sky just south of the UC Irvine campus. Newport Beach's helicopter was able to make an emergency landing.

A civilian observer flying in the Costa Mesa helicopter was also killed. The driver of the fleeing vehicle was apprehended and charged with murder.

Officer Libolt is survived by his daughter.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

vehicle pursuit

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Rest in peace Officer Libolt.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 25, 2023

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