Grand jury finds officers justified in fatally shooting Iraq War vet

Grand jury finds officers justified in fatally shooting Iraq War vet
Santiago Cisneros

PORTLAND, Ore. – A grand jury has determined that police were justified in using deadly force against a man shot and killed on the top deck of a parking garage near the Lloyd Center, the Multnomah County District attorney's office said Friday.

Police said 32-year-old Santiago Cisneros III, an Iraq War veteran, fired a shotgun at them at about 10:45 p.m. Monday March 4 at the parking garage at Northeast 7th Avenue and Lloyd Boulevard. Officers returned fire, hitting Cisneros. He later died at the hospital.

Cisneros battled post-traumatic stress disorder after he returned from Iraq and had trouble adjusting to civilian life.

The officers who shot Cisneros were Officer Brad Kula, a 10-year veteran, and Officer Michele Boer, a four-year veteran. Both officers were placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard policy in an officer-involved shooting.

In the two days before he was killed, Cisneros had been at a small City Hall protest meant to bring attention to homeless issues.