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Santiago A. Cisneros, III

PPB Case  #13-018128

Date: March 4, 2013

Suspect: Santiago A. Cisneros III, 32

Involved Officers: Officer Brad Kula, Officer Michele Boer

Grand Jury Transcript

On Monday March 4, 2013, at approximately 10:45 p.m., two Portland Police officers, Officer Brad Kula, a 10-year-veteran, and Officer Michele Boer, a 4-year-veteran, who were assigned to North Precinct encountered an armed man in a parking garage located at Northeast 7th Avenue and Lloyd Boulevard.

The two officers in separate cars had driven up onto the top level of a parking garage located at Northeast 7th Avenue and Lloyd Boulevard. Unexpectedly, the officers were immediately confronted by a man associated with a vehicle. The man was armed with a shotgun and fired multiple shots. Both officers returned fire, striking the suspect and knocking him to the ground.

Cover officers and a sergeant arrived and immediately developed a plan to safely approach the suspect and provide him with medical attention. Officers grabbed a shield to approach the suspect, who was lying on the ground, still moving, next to his shotgun. Officers approached the suspect and placed him into custody. Medical personnel immediately responded and transported the suspect to a Portland hospital where he later died. The suspect was identified as 32-year-old Santiago A. Cisneros, III.  

Neither officer was hit by gunfire during the shooting.

On March 22, 2013, a Multnomah County Grand Jury ruled that the officers were justified in the use of deadly physical force.

 As part of the use of force review process, the Bureau conducted an internal review of the entire incident and the case went before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is comprised of community members, Bureau members and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.The shooting was found to be "in-policy" by the PRB.