Update: Sammy Pickel Died After Lodo's Bouncer Put Him in Chokehold

Update: The Westminster Police Department has revealed that Sammy Pickel has died as a result of injuries he sustained during an altercation at Lodo's Bar & Grill in Westminster early Sunday morning.

Thus far, there have been no arrests in the case.

"This investigation is ongoing," a WPD release notes, "and detectives are currently working to determine if charges will be filed against any of the parties involved."

Our sincere condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of Sammy Pickel. Continue for our previous coverage.

Original post, 5:56 a.m.: At this writing, according to multiple reports, Sammy Pickel II, 23, is in a coma following an incident at a Westminster night spot.

Pickel is said to have been placed in a chokehold by a bouncer following a scuffle early this past Sunday morning during which Suzette Meacham, his girlfriend, says he was unfairly targeted.

He lost consciousness afterward, and he has yet to wake up again.

Pickel and Meacham have been an item for almost three years, 7News notes, and his Facebook page features plenty of photos showing them together.

Here's one example....

...and another:

However, their world changed radically at around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 13.

The two were enjoying a night out at Lodo's Bar & Grill's Westminster branch.

Fox31 reveals that Pickel once worked at the watering hole, which only makes what happened next that much more tragic.

Meacham tells 7News that a woman slapped Pickel on the behind. She responded by telling the woman "that wasn't cool" — after which she "came back with three guys. They pushed Sam and then four bouncers came over and saw him with his hands up for protection and jumped on him."

One of the bouncers allegedly put Pickel in a chokehold and held it for what Meacham estimates as three to five minutes.

Westminster police officers eventually intervened, and Pickel was raced to a nearby hospital.

He remains there today.

And while hope remains, the prognosis isn't promising.

The manager at Lodo's declined to comment about the case to either 7News or Fox31 beyond pointing out that venue personnel are cooperating with police.

Thus far, no charges have been filed.

But Kirk Milliken hopes there will be.

"For me, that's murder," he tells 7News. "I want someone held accountable for this."

We send our best wishes to the friends, family and loved ones of Sammy Pickel.

Look below to see reports from 7News and Fox31.

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