Suspect identified in officer-involved shooting
Police have identified the suspect killed by officers Monday night and released more details about the incident.
According to police, the suspect is 32-year-old Santiago A. Cisneros III. Police say he was armed with a shotgun. The Oregon State Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy on Cisneros Tuesday.
The officers involved in the shooting are a 10-year-veteran and a 4-year-veteran, both assigned to North Precinct Afternoon shift. Neither was hurt in the incident. Their names will be released on Wednesday.
Police say the preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 10:45 p.m. on March 4, two officers in separate cars drove up onto the top level of a parking garage located at Northeast 7th Avenue and Lloyd Boulevard.They were immediately confronted by a man associated with a vehicle. He was armed with a shotgun and shots were fired seconds later.
According to the police, the suspect fired multiple shots from his shotgun. 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 get him medical attention. Using a shield, officers approached the suspect, who was lying on the ground, still moving, next to his shotgun.
The officers placed the suspect into custody. Medical personnel immediately responded and transported him to a Portland hospital, where he later died.
The officers are scheduled to be interviewed by investigators Thursday. Both will remain on paid administrative leave until the completion of any grand jury review, which has not yet been scheduled by the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.
Anyone with information about this shooting or about Santiago Cisneros is asked to contact Detectives Rico Beniga at (503) 823-0457 or Molly Daul at (503) 823-0991.