Eureka Police release update regarding officer involved shooting


EUREKA, Calif. (KIEM) – Just after 8 p.m. Friday evening, Eureka Police released more information regarding the officer involved shooting that took place in Eureka Thursday night.

The deceased individual has been identified as 51-year-old John Karl Sieger of Eureka.

Chief of Police Stephen Watson released a statement as well, stating in part…

“This tragic outcome was not what we expected to happen or wanted to happen. My heart goes out to all who have been impacted by Mr. Sieger’s death, including his family and loved ones and the involved officers, dispatchers and their families who are deeply saddened and hurting too.”

Later followed by…

“As a part of our commitment to transparency and the community’s trust, we are also preparing an information critical incident community briefing video that may include audio from 911 calls, officer/dispatch radio transmissions, video from officers’ body-worn cameras as well as additional information.”

Eventually ending with…

“We anticipate the briefing video will be completed and ready for release within the next week or two. Further details will be forthcoming soon.”

The multi-agency CIRT has completed its investigation at the scene of the shooting and the residence has been released back to the family.

The names of the officers involved will be released to the public within the next 10 days. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released as it become available. Anyone with further information regarding this incident is asked to contact detective Corrie Watson at 707-441-4032.