Reserve Officer Robert Libke Oregon City Police Department, Oregon End of Watch: Monday, November 4, 2013

Reserve Officer Robert Libke | Oregon City Police Department, OregonOregon City Police Department, Oregon

Reserve Officer Robert Libke

Oregon City Police Department, Oregon
End of Watch: Monday, November 4, 2013

Biographical Info

Age: 41
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: November 3, 2013
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Agency Contact Information

Police Chief Jim Band
Oregon City Police Department
320 Warner Milne Road
Oregon City, OR 97045
Phone: (503) 657-4964

Reserve Officer Robert Libke succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day after responding to a house fire on Linn Avenue at approximately 1:00 pm.
As emergency crews arrived at the scene they were informed the occupant was armed. Officer Libke was one of the first officers on scene and confronted the man at gunpoint, ordering him to drop his gun. The 88-year-old subject instead opened fire with a revolver, striking Officer Libke in the head. Officer Libke was unable to return fire.
The subject stayed at the location and was later shot and killed by members of the SWAT Team.
Officer Libke was flown to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in grave condition. He passed away the following day after being taken off of life support.
Officer Libke had served with the Oregon City Police Department for four years.

Oregon City Reserve Police Officer Robert Libke has died.

Libke was shot Sunday when he responded to a 911 call reporting a house fire in the 800 block of Linn Avenue in Oregon City. Other responding officers shot and killed the shooting suspect and owner of the burned home, Lawrence Cambra, 88.

Oregon City Police Chief James Band will hold a press briefing at 4 p.m. today at City Hall. Libke’s body will be escorted from Emanuel Hospital to Lincoln Memorial Park Funeral Home later today, Oregon City police reported.

Libke, 41, has served since 2009.

The incident began shortly after 1 p.m. on Sunday, when a fire was reported at 841 Linn Ave. During the initial dispatch, a report was broadcast of an armed male at the fire scene.

Oregon City Police and Clackamas Fire District #1 crews were dispatched — with the police sent to deal with the reported gunman.

The first responding unit was a two-officer unit with one regular and one reserve Oregon City Police officer. Cambra confronted and shot Libke, police reported.

Officers who came to Libke’s aid encountered and shot Cambra, Oregon City police reported.

The Oregon City Police Department Reserve Unit was established to supplement and assist patrol officers in their duties. The unit provides professional, sworn volunteer reserve officers who can augment regular staffing levels. The reserve unit has traditionally consisted of about 10 reserve police officers who volunteer their time, police said. All reserves attend and complete an Interagency Police Academy in Clackamas County.

Libke is the first Oregon City Police Officer shot in the line of duty since 1906, when Officer George Hanlon was shot by a burglary suspect.

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1 Response to “Reserve Officer Robert Libke Oregon City Police Department, Oregon End of Watch: Monday, November 4, 2013”


  1. 1 Peggy November 5, 2013 at 08:51

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family friends and fellows law enforcement staff of Officer Libke, God bless you in this tragic time..


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