The details are still rolling in from a gun battle Monday night between an Army combat veteran and two Portland City police officers. The former soldier did not survive the encounter.
Santiago Cisneros, 32, had previously spoken publicly about his personal struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder and was featured on a Seattle KOMO News segment in March of 2009.
He reportedly tried to commit suicide just eight months after returning from Iraq.
Cisneros' fight with the demons of PTSD continued and it was a battle the former soldier would not win.
Monday’s shootout took place in Northeast Portland when police officers found Cisneros on the top level of a parking garage. He fired on them with a shotgun.
Both Portland police officers returned fire, knocking the suspect to the ground.
The officers reported that even though Cisneros was injured and down he was still trying to reach for his weapon.
Additional officers arrived on scene and Cisneros was placed in custody and immediately transported to a nearby hospital. Cisneros (no discharge rank listed) did not survive.
No Portland police officers were injured in this unfortunate "suicide by cop" incident.
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