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Grand jury clears police in Swoboda shooting


A Multnomah County grand jury has cleared Portland police in the shooting death of Kelly Swoboda, a wanted fugitive who was shot and killed by police in Hillsdale in March.

The granbd jury decided the use of force was justified.

Swoboda died after exchanging fire with Officer John Romero, who was wounded in the incident. He was treated and released from OHSU.

At the time of the shooting, Swoboda was suspected of being involved in a stranger-to-stranger kidnapping of a woman working alone at an Oak Grove-area tanning salon and several area bank robberies. He had an extensive criminal record.