San Diego police officer dead after responding to welfare check of a man ‘under the influence’


SAN DIEGO, CA- On Tuesday, January 2nd, a San Diego police officer died while on-duty after he went into medical distress. 

The San Diego Police Department reported that Officer David Sisto was working patrol in the Northeastern division with a trainee early Tuesday morning, when around 2:50 a.m. they were dispatched to the Carmel Mountain neighborhood for a welfare check of a man who appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Another officer arrived on scene first, detained the man, and requested paramedics.

Police reported that several minutes after officer Sisto and his trainee arrived as backup on the call, officer Sisto started experiencing shortness of breath. A second ambulance was called to take him to the hospital, where he died.

The department said Sisto never came in contact with the man during the patrol call. The homicide unit is investigating Sisto’s death, which is standard protocol for on-duty deaths. Detectives will work with the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death, Fox5 reported.

According to The San Diego Union Tribune, Lt. Shawn Takeuchi wrote in an email:

“We do not know what happened and will need the pathologist at the (Medical Examiner’s) office to tell us,”

He went on to say:

“He did not have signs of COVID however the (Medical Examiner’s) office will have to make that decision.”

Officer Sisto was 39-years-old and served the San Diego Police Department for more than ten years. According to his family, he is survived by his wife and two sons aged five and three.


Chief of Police David Nisleit said:

“I want to extend my sincere condolences to Officer Sisto’s loved ones,” 

He went on to say:

“I also ask for the San Diego community to keep their thoughts and prayers with the Sisto family during this difficult time.”

Officer Sisto’s father, David Sisto Sr. said of his son:

“We lost a good man today,” 

He went on to say:

“He was a very good, caring person. You wouldn’t meet anyone who didn’t like him. He was solid, the rock of the family. I’m his dad, and he was my rock. He took care of everyone.”

Law Enforcement Today would like to send our deepest sympathies to the Sisto Family. 

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WASHINGTON D.C.– January 6, 2021 will be a day that will be remembered by all around the world as the day radicals stormed the United States capitol building. It will also be remembered by many as the day a Capitol Police Officer, Officer Brian Sicknick lost his life to those radicals. 

On Wednesday, January 6th, a peaceful protest turned violent when a large mob of people forced their way past police officers who were trying to block them from entering the U.S. Capitol building, as lawmakers inside were counting electoral college votes to confirm Joe Biden’s victory.

The mob was able to breach security and successfully enter the building where officers tired to stand their ground the best they could to protect the historic building.

One of those Officers who bravely fought against the mob, was officer Brian Sicknick, who was a 13 year veteran of the Capitol Police Force.

Sicknick was seriously injured during the riot and unfortunately, on Thursday, January 7th, Officer Sicknick succumbed to the injuries he sustained trying to defend one of this counties most sacred landmarks. 

According to a statement released by the U.S. Capitol Police, Sicknick died:

“due to injuries sustained while on duty,”

It went on to say that he:

“was injured while physically engaging with protesters,” 

It is reported that Sicknick returned to his division office and collapsed, then was taken to a local hospital where he died around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Flags flew at half-staff in front of the Capitol building Friday morning in tribute of Sicknick’s death, which is being investigated as a homicide by federal and local authorities.

The world will remember 42-year-old Brian D. Sicknick as the heroic officer who lost his life defending the nations Capitol, but who was he outside of that? 

Brian Sicknick, who resided in Virginia, was originally from South River, New Jersey. Sicknick, the youngest of three sons, graduated in 1997 from Middlesex County Technical Vocational High School and joined the New Jersey Air National Guard that same year.

USA Today reported that Sicknick deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1999 in support of Operation Southern Watch. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he served in Kyrgyzstan in support of the war in Afghanistan. While stateside, Sicknick served in the 108th Air Refueling Wing out of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, his brother, Ken Sicknick, said.

According to Lt. Col. Barbara Brown, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey National Guard, he was honorably discharged in 2003.

Brian’s brother Ken Sicknick said Brian:

“wanted to be a police officer his entire life,” 

He went on to say that his brother 

“served his country honorably [and made his family] very proud,”

He continued to say:

“Brian is a hero and that is what we would like people to remember.”

It is reported but not confirmed that Sicknick was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher, according to two law enforcement officials who spoke to the Associated Press.

Ken Sicknick said:

“Many details regarding Wednesday’s events and the direct causes of Brian’s injuries remain unknown and our family asks the public and the press to respect our wishes in not making Brian’s passing a political issue,” 

He continued:

“Please honor Brian’s life and service and respect our privacy while we move forward in doing the same. Brian is a hero and that is what we would like people to remember.”

The Capitol Police Department said in a statement:

“The entire USCP Department expresses its deepest sympathies to Officer Sicknick’s family and friends on their loss, and mourns the loss of a friend and colleague,” 

Officers from across the nation gathered today in front of the Capitol in a moment of silence to honor Officer Sicknick. 

Many others were injured during the day of chaos, with a total of five people being killed. Officers, who were seriously outnumbered, were trying to hold back the crowds the best they could, despite their own safety. 

The video below shows one of the disturbing incidents caught on camera. The footage shows an officer, who is bloodied and bleeding from the mouth, screaming for help as he is being crushed between a riot shield and a metal door. The officer can be heard crying out in pain and screaming “Help!”


This video just shows a glimpse of the chaos that took place at the Capitol, and the horrific danger that the officers had to endure. 

Law Enforcement Today would like to extend out sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of Officer Brian Sicknick. You are in our thoughts and prayers. 

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