Sizer had fired a gun into the ground in his backyard and threatened a family member - he did not sound like a particularly pleasant or sympathetic person - but he put the weapon away before officers came and told the 911 operator he would meet officers in the driveway unarmed, which he did.
Amanda Woog forwarded me this detail from the APD death-in-custody narrative reported to the Attorney General, which was unusually tardy as such things go:
On March 6, 2015, Sizer called 911 and stated he discharged his firearm at his residence and threatened to shoot his son. When officers arrived, Sizer refused to comply with officers' orders to get on the ground. A Taser was deployed and Sizer struck his head when he fell on the driveway. After receiving treatment at the hospital that night he was booked in to jail on March 7, 2015, for Discharge of Firearm in Certain Municipalities. On March 9, 2015, Sizer was released from jail after posting bond.See an offense report and autopsy results. The Statesman offered brief coverage when the officers were cleared by the grand jury and when the family filed suit.
On March 14, 2015, Sizer was found deceased at his residence. On May 8, 2015, the Travis County Medical Examiners Office finalized the autopsy results and ruled the death a Homicide; citing complications of blunt force trauma to the head and listed a contributing factor of acute and chronic ethanol abuse.
MORE: There's no record either officer was disciplined for the event, even though the Statesman reported that the "arrest affidavit made no mention of Sizer indicating he had a disability and says Cameron believed he could be armed, despite not seeing a weapon in his hands." One wonders if the department has been reticent to punish the two officers because of the risk of successful civil litigation?
AND MORE: According to his obituary, Sizer was a 20-year US Air Force veteran. No word whether his disability related to his service.