Police: Man fired at officers before they shot him

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 2:55 PM

PORTLAND -- Portland police shot a man who they said fired at them in a possible planned ambush late Monday evening in a Lloyd District parking garage.

The suspect was captured but died hours later at the hospital, investigators said.

No officers were injured.

Police said shots were fired around 10:45 Monday night, after two officers in separate cars drove onto the top level of the parking garage located at Northeast 7th Avenue and Lloyd Boulevard.

On Tuesday, investigators said they were looking into whether the suspect may have intentionally ambushed the officers.

"Unexpectedly, the officers were immediately confronted by a man associated with a vehicle. The man was armed with a shotgun and seconds later shots were fired," said Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau. "The suspect fired multiple shots from his shotgun. Both officers returned fire, striking the suspect and knocking him to the ground."

Backup arrived quickly, Simpson said, and officers used a shield to approach the suspect, later identified as 32-year-old Santiago A. Cisneros III.

Simpson said Cisneros was lying on the ground, still moving, next to his shotgun when officers took him into custody. "Medical personnel immediately responded and transported the suspect to a Portland hospital where he later died," he added.

The officers involved in the shooting were described as a 10-year-veteran and a 4-year-veteran, both assigned to North Precinct. They were placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner was scheduled to perform an autopsy on Cisneros Tuesday.


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