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Former soldier killed in shootout with Portland police

Former soldier killed in shootout with Portland police
Santiago Cisneros during an interview with KOMO News in March, 2009.
Editor's note: A previous version of this story erroneously stated that Cisneros had at one time been based at Joint-Base Lewis McChord.

PORTLAND, Ore. – A man who was killed in a gun battle with Portland, Ore., police officers Monday night has been identified as an Army Combat veteran who had spoken out about the challenges of post traumatic stress disorder.

Two police officers in northeast Portland said they came upon 32-year-old Santiago Cisneros, who was armed with a shotgun, on the top of a Portland parking garage. Santiago approached the offices and fired, police said. The officers returned fire, striking Cisneros and knocking him to the ground.

Even though he was hit and down, the officers said Cisneros was still moving near his shotgun. More officers arrived and used a shield to approach the suspect and place him in custody.

Medics took Cisneros to a nearby hospital, where he later died. No officers were hurt.

Four years ago, Cisneros was one of three soldiers who spoke to KOMO News about the struggles they endured with post traumatic stress disorder.

Cisneros said back then he tried to kill himself just eight months after leaving Iraq.

"I fought a war back there in Iraq. I didn't know I was going to have to fight a war back here in the United States within myself," Cisneros said in the March 2009 interview.

He said he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and later sought treatment through the Veteran's Administration and the National Center for PTSD in northern California.