***Please be advised – The Critical Incident Community Briefing video contains graphic and disturbing images, as well as strong language. Viewer discretion is advised and the video is not suitable for young viewers.***
EUREKA, Calif. (KIEM) – The Eureka Police Department has released more information, including an incident briefing video, regarding an officer involved shooting that occurred more than a week ago. The shooting resulted in the death of a 51-year-old John Sieger.
The incident started shortly after 5 p.m. on July 23 at Sieger’s home on the 2800 hundred block of Lowell Street after police responded to a report of a suicidal subject.
For nearly two hours, officers and mental health negotiation specialists used deescalation techniques in attempt to negotiate with Mr. Sieger.
The final contact with Mr. Sieger occurred when he exited the backyard of the residence and pointed, what was soon found to be a loaded, .40 caliber, semi-automatic Glock 22 handgun, at officers.
Eureka Police opened fire and upon investigation, within three seconds, four officers fired 27 rounds toward Mr. Sieger.
Mr. Sieger was quickly transported to St. Joseph Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
The incident briefing video includes 911 calls, officer/dispatch radio transmission, officer body cams and additional information.
EPD also released the names of the five involved officers, four of which fired a weapon.
As standard protocol, all involved officers were place on temporary paid administrative leave following the incident.
However, following a review of the investigation, all five officers were cleared to return to full duty as of Monday.
Eureka Police would like to remind the community that the investigation is still in its early stages and an understanding of the incident may change as additional evidence is collected, analyzed and reviewed.