By Brian C. Rittmeyer The Valley News-Dispatch, Tarentum, Pa.

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — A New Castle police detective died during a physical training exercise Thursday, the police department announced.

Detective Sgt. Brian S. Cuscino, 44, had been with the New Castle department since 2001. The physical training was required for officers serving on its special response team.

He suffered an apparent heart attack, according to the New Castle News.

Cuscino had worked as a patrol officer for about 10 years before being promoted to a detective in the criminal investigative division. He was the department’s lead homicide investigator and “did establish himself as an expert in that field,” the department said.

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It is with deep sadness and regret that the New Castle City Police Department is announcing the sudden passing of New…

Posted by New Castle Police Department on Thursday, April 19, 2018

“Detective Cuscino had an amazing 100 percent clearance rate on homicide cases in which he was the lead detective,” the department said.

The law enforcement community was extending its sympathies and condolences to the New Castle Police and honors to Cuscino.

Cuscino and his wife, Heather, have two sons, Brandon and Dustin.

The William F. & Roger M. DeCarbo Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Visitation will be from 2-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, 926 Cunningham Ave.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Vitus Church . Burial will be at St. Vitus Cemetery.

©2018 The Valley News-Dispatch (Tarentum, Pa.)

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