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News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Sunday, Nov. 3rd, 2013, 4:40 p.m.

Media and Interested Parties

UPDATED: Oregon City Police officer fatally shot in line of duty; Sheriff's Office joins multi-agency response

[NOTE: This press release is done in coordination with the Oregon City Police Department and Clackamas County Fire District #1. Ongoing public information responsibilities in this matter will continue to be handled jointly with Oregon City Police and Clackamas Fire. ]

UPDATE (Tuesday, Nov. 12): Public Safety Motorcade Procession Route for Nov. 14th Officer Robert Libke Celebration of Life Event

A motorcade procession involving family and public-safety/emergency-response vehicles in honor of Oregon City Police Officer Robert Libke is scheduled to begin Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 10:45 a.m.

The public will not be allowed to participate in the procession, but is encouraged to view the procession from vantage points along the route.

The procession route is expected to include hundreds of public-safety vehicles. Section route maps are provided in links with this release as well as the following online links showing section routes starting from Clackamas Community College to Veterans Memorial Coliseum:

Section 1 [ map

Section 2 [ map

Section 3 [ map

Members of the public who wish to view the procession from along the route may want to be in position by 10:00 a.m. Please do not use freeway shoulders as parking areas to view the procession.

During the procession. area travelers should be prepared for traffic congestion and delays on Oregon City streets, along Interstate 205 and Interstate 84, and Portland-area city streets in the vicinity of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum / Moda Center venue. ODOT will post messages on overhead variable message signs advising temporary closures on the freeway system for non-procession traffic.

If you are planning on driving in the areas noted along the route, we encourage you to take an alternative route or delay traveling until the procession has cleared where you plan to drive.

The public attending the event is encouraged to carpool, use public transportation to Veterans Memorial Coliseum, or walk or ride a bicycle. Otherwise, expect delays and congestion before and after the event, which is expected to end at approximately 3:00 p.m.
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The Robert Libke Celebration of Life service is being organized with the help of the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation (OFBF). Founded in the spring of 2011 by several Oregon law-enforcement honor-guard commanders and coordinators, the non-profit organization provides support for the planning and execution of law-enforcement memorial services throughout the state in order to ensure fallen officers are given the full honors to which they are entitled. Anyone wishing to donate to help support and offset the costs of the memorial service may do so at this time on the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation website.

UPDATE (Monday, Nov. 11, 2013): Celebration of Life for Oregon City Police Department Officer Robert Libke are being finalized

Plans for the Celebration of Life for Oregon City Police Department Officer Robert Libke are being finalized. The multi-agency represented Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation Response Team is working to provide a memorable service for Officer Libke's family, Oregon City Police Department, and the local community.

The recommended first source of information is the Oregon City Police Department website, http://www.orcity.org/police. The website is being updated with information regarding the Celebration of Life event, planned vehicle procession route, transportation options and more as soon as it is available.

The following is a review of information up to this date:

CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE: Community members are invited to join Officer Libke's family, friends, and public safety for the celebration of his life. Because of the potential for heavy traffic congestion near the venue, those planning on attending the service should make travel plans to arrive in time and dress warm.

PROCESSION: There will be a procession joining Officer Libke's family involving law enforcement, fire service, and emergency responders in marked and unmarked vehicles starting at 10:45 a.m. from the Clackamas Community College and ending at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

PARKING & PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Even though the Rose Quarter has approximately 2,000 parking spaces in available parking garages, service organizers suggest the public consider using public transportation. Parking at the venue is free during the service.

GIFTS and DONATIONS: Oregon City Police Department has volunteers available to receive flowers and cards for Fallen Officer Robert Libke at the Mt. Pleasant Elementary School between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., daily through Tuesday, November 12.

UPDATE (Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013): Location to drop off flowers and cards for fallen Reserve Officer Robert Libke

The Oregon City Police Department has volunteers available to receive flowers and cards from citizens for Fallen Reserve Officer Robert Libke at  Mt. Pleasant Elementary School between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., daily through Tuesday, November 12.

The OCPD respectfully requests no monetary donations be dropped off at the school. An account has been set up for anyone who would like to help his family financially through the Clackamas Federal Credit Union. For details, click here.

Flowers and cards can be dropped off at the school located at 1232 Linn Avenue in Oregon City. [ map ]

UPDATE (Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013): Celebration Of Life for fallen Oregon City Police Reserve Officer Robert Libke set for Thursday, Nov. 14; public invited

The following details are being released regarding the Celebration of Life for fallen Oregon City Police Reserve Officer Robert Libke:

Date/Time:
Thursday, November 14, 2013,at 1:00 p.m.

Location:
Veterans Memorial Coliseum

300 N. Winning Way
Portland, Oregon 97222
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The service is open to the public.

Additional details including law enforcement staging, procession, parking, seating and other important details will be provided in future news releases and may also be found at:

The Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation has set up a donation fund at Clackamas Federal Credit Union to help Officer Libke's family. For details, click here.

The Robert Libke Memorial Service is being organized with the help of the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation (OFBF). Founded in the spring of 2011 by several Oregon law-enforcement honor-guard commanders and coordinators, the non-profit organization provides support for the planning and execution of law-enforcement memorial services throughout the state in order to ensure fallen officers are given the full honors to which they are entitled. Anyone wishing to donate to help support and offset the costs of the memorial service may do so at this time on the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation website.

NOTE: Media representatives planning on attending the memorial service are asked to send an email by Tuesday, November 12, to gregg.hastings@state.or.us. More information and guidelines to assist media will be provided at a later date.

UPDATE (Nov. 6, 2013): Statements from Officer Libke's family and Oregon City Police Chief James Band

The following is a statement from the family of Officer Rob Libke:

"Our family would like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the unbelievable acts of kindness and sacrifice by Rob's fellow officers, our friends, and many people who we may never meet in person to thank. The community, Oregon City Police Department and their families, and many other departments are unselfishly giving their time and placing their lives on hold to help us get through this horrible time.

Rob loved putting on the uniform and helping the police department serve their community. He will always be remembered in our hearts and minds as a dedicated husband and beautiful family man. We will miss him deeply."

The family continues to ask for privacy during this difficult period.

Statement from Oregon City Police Chief James Band:

First, I want to thank the entire community for its overwhelming support of our department and our officers. I have come to the conclusion that the words "thank you" don't begin to accurately convey our gratitude. Our hearts, prayers, and support are with Officer Rob Libke's wife and family as they are dealing with this tremendous loss. I also want to thank every one of my officers and our public safety partners who responded on November 3, 2013. You have my thanks and support for your professionalism during an unimaginable crisis.

During such incidents, officers are required to make split-second decisions that have tremendous implications. Such things have life-changing ramifications for people involved in every aspect of this case.

A recent FBI study counted 15 officer deaths by ambush in each year of 2011, 2010 and 2009. The study said that ambush situations were the biggest category of circumstance behind 543 officers feloniously killed between 2002 and 2011 (23 %). During deadly-force encounters, officers are trained to balance the needs of saving injured people or first responders while ensuring no one else is killed in the process.

I believe the responding officers took responsible actions under extremely dangerous circumstances to prevent further loss of life to other first responders and citizens in our community. They have my unwavering gratitude and support. I am confident that the investigation, ONCE COMPLETE, will provide the public with the accurate information they need to help them understand what occurred during this chaotic situation.

EARLIER (Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013) -- Governor's Commission votes unanimously to award Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice to fallen Oregon City Reserve Officer Robert Allen Libke

On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, the Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor held an emergency meeting to consider a recommendation to award the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice to fallen Oregon City Reserve Officer Robert Allen Libke. The Commission voted unanimously to award this special honor.

Robert Allen Libke, age 41, was sworn in as an Oregon City Police Department Reserve Police Officer on March 3, 2010. Shortly after 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, 2013, a fire was reported at 841 Linn Avenue in Oregon City, Oregon. 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 armed individual. The first responding unit was a two-man unit with one regular and one reserve Oregon City Police officer. Reserve Officer Libke was reportedly confronted by the suspect -- at which time the suspect shot Officer Libke. He died the next day at a Portland-area hospital from the wound he sustained in the shooting.

The Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor was created by the Oregon Legislative Assembly through the passage of Oregon Revised Statute 176.262. The Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice that was created in law, at the request of a various statewide law enforcement organizations, through the passage of Senate Bill 976 and became effective on January 1, 2012.

Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor

(1) The Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor is established consisting of seven members appointed by the Governor as follows:

(a) One member shall be a representative of the Governor's office;

(b) One member shall be a representative of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training;

(c) One member shall be a representative of the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police;

(d) One member shall be a representative of the Oregon State Sheriffs Association;

(e) One member shall be a representative of a statewide organization of police officers;

(f) One member shall be a representative of a statewide organization of peace officers; and

(g) One member shall be a surviving family member of a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty.

The Commission meets at least once every six months to consider candidates for nomination for the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor and the Law Enforcement Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice, and nominate candidates for the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor and the Law Enforcement Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice.

Questions regarding the Commission and Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice may be directed to Eriks Gabliks, Director of Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, at 503-378-2332.
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UPDATE (Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013): Medical Examiner releases cause and manner of suspect death

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office has released the cause and manner of shooting suspect Lawrence Cambra's death related to the Oregon City investigation.

No other information related to the open and ongoing investigation is available at this time.
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UPDATE (Tuesday, Nov. 5): Fallen Badge Foundation planning law-enforcement memorial service for Officer Robert Libke

In support of the family of fallen Oregon City Police Officer Robert Libke, the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation (OFBF) Response Team gathered today (Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013), to provide support for the planning and execution of a to-be-announced law-enforcement memorial service for Officer Libke.

Date, time and location of the memorial service are pending, and will be sent out via the Oregon City Police Department's FlashAlert newsfeed.

The investigation continues. At this time, there are no new details to release. The family continues to request privacy as they grieve the loss of Robert Libke.

The Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation has set up a donation fund at Clackamas Federal Credit Union to help Officer Libke's family. For details, click here.

ABOUT THE OREGON FALLEN BADGE FOUNDATION: The Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation (OFBF) was founded in the spring of 2011 by several Oregon law-enforcement honor-guard commanders and coordinators. It provides support for the planning and execution of law-enforcement memorial services throughout the state in order to ensure fallen officers are given the full honors to which they are entitled.

Funded entirely by private and public donations, the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. As such, all donations made to the foundation are tax-deductible. Anyone wishing to donate to help support and offset the costs of the memorial service may do so at this time on the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation website.  

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EARLIER: UPDATE FROM OREGON CITY POLICE: Monday, Nov. 4, 3 p.m.

The escort route from Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center to Lincoln Memorial Park Funeral Home (starting at 4 p.m.) is as follows:

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UPDATE FROM OREGON CITY POLICE: Monday, Nov. 4, 2 p.m.

We regret to inform that Officer Robert Libke has died as a result of his injuries.

Oregon City Police Chief James Band would like to address the media at 4 p.m. at OC City Hall (625 Center St. Oregon City) with updates on Officer Libke.

Traffic Advisory: Officer Libke will be escorted from Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center to Lincoln Memorial Park Funeral Home at 4 p.m. Expect traffic delays during this escort.

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EARLIER: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

Shortly after 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 a fire was reported at 841 Linn Avenue in Oregon City, Oregon. 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 armed individual.

The first responding unit was a two-man unit with one regular and one reserve Oregon City Police officer. Reserve Officer Robert Libke was reportedly confronted by the suspect -- at which time the suspect shot Officer Libke.

A massive police response to an emergency call for help followed the shooting. Responding police units established a containment perimeter. Fire personnel were evacuated. Residents immediately surrounding the fire were also evacuated. Upon arrival of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office SWAT team, Reserve Officer Libke was evacuated and taken by LifeFlight to Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center for treatment.

As Reserve Officer Libke was being rescued, SWAT team members reportedly encountered the armed suspect and subsequently shot him. The suspect died at the scene.

Results of the autopsy have not yet been received. A definitive cause and manner of death will be released when available. The deceased suspect has been identified as Lawrence Cambra, age 88, of Oregon City.

The officer shot in this incident is Officer Robert Libke. Officer Libke is a 41-year-old Reserve Police Officer for the Oregon City Police Department. He has faithfully served the department since his hire date in 2009.

The Oregon City Police Department Reserve Unit was established to supplement and assist patrol officers in their duties. This 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. All reserves attend and complete an Interagency Police Academy in Clackamas County.

A donation fund has been established for Officer Libke via the Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation (CCPOBF). A flyer (PDF format) is here. More details are below, and also here.

This is a very difficult time for Officer Libke's family and for the Oregon City Police Department. It is requested that media respect the family's need to focus on Officer Libke's care and each other during this trying time. Media will be notified when family or department members are prepared to speak about this tragic situation.

This is the first Oregon City Police Officer shot in the line of duty since the early 1900s. In April 1906, Officer George Hanlon was shot and fatally wounded while trying to arrest a burglary suspect named Frank Smith.

The two deputies involved in the shooting of suspect Lawrence Cambra are Detective Sergeant Matt Swanson and Deputy Jesse Unck, both SWAT members. Sergeant Swanson has been with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office for 13-1/2 years and Deputy Unck 4 years. Both are on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol for this type of incident.

The Clackamas County's Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) and Hostage Negotiations Team (HNT) are specially trained to deal with crisis situations and responded to this incident.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's SWAT is an interagency team. Team members include officers from the Oregon City, Canby, and Milwaukie Police. For more info on the SWAT team, click here.

There is a massive investigative effort underway. The investigation has three major components:

  1. Investigation of the fire
  2. Investigation of the shooting of the Oregon City Police officer
  3. Investigation of the use of force by members of the Clackamas County SWAT team

The fire investigation is underway. The investigation is being conducted by the Oregon State Police, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Fire Marshal of the Clackamas Fire District #1. Initial statements from witnesses cause investigators to believe that this fire was set intentionally. Arson investigations are time-consuming and hazardous -- frequently requiring investigators to wear specialized protective gear and requiring a combination of investigative techniques. It is likely that the completion of the fire investigation will take 24 to 48 hours.

The other two investigations are being conducted by the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team, which is led by the District Attorney of Clackamas County. Investigators assigned to these two efforts are from the Oregon State Police, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Portland Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Oregon City Police, Happy Valley Police, Gladstone Police, Canby Police, Molalla Police, Sandy Police, West Linn Police, Milwaukie Police, and the Clackamas County Interagency Task Force (CCITF).

Investigators are looking into all aspects of the events that led to the two shootings. Their effort is designed to produce a comprehensive, impartial and thorough investigation that will allow the district attorney and police agencies to carefully review these incidents.

Details on the Officer Robert Libke Fund donation drive:

 Those wishing to donate to assist Oregon City Officer Robert Libke and his family can do so as follows:

Any cards or notes with best wishes will be forwarded to the family.

The Clackamas County Peace Officers’ Benevolent Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit. For more info visit the CCPOBF website or call (971) 678-6055.

Again, a flyer for the donation fund (PDF flyer) is here. Details can also be found online here.
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EARLIER: Sunday, Nov. 3rd, 2013, 4:40 p.m.

At about 1:04 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, Oregon City Police responded to assist Clackamas Fire District #1 on a report of a house fire -- with the house fully engulfed in flames in the 800 block of Linn Avenue in Oregon City. Reports also indicated that a subject on scene was armed with a handgun. An Oregon City officer was shot while in the area; the suspect in the shooting is now deceased. The Sheriff's Office helped respond to the incident and is helping investigate.

The officer was transported from the scene by LifeFlight to the hospital. His condition at this writing (Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, 4:40 p.m.) is not being released.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team responded -- including officers from Oregon City Police, Milwaukie Police, Lake Oswego Police, and West Linn Police. The shooting suspect was located and confronted by the SWAT members, and shots were fired. The suspect is deceased.

The cause of the suspect's death is one of the matters being investigated by the Clackamas Major Crimes Team, led by the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office.

The area surrounding this incident remains a crime scene under active investigation. It is expected that investigators will be in the area for at least the next 24 hours. The fire at the home continues to smolder, further delaying the completion of the investigation.

Clackamas Fire District #1 units responded initially -- but given the information that a subject had a gun in the area, firefighters staged in a safe location and waited for the scene to be secured by police.

At this writing, there are currently two fire units on-scene working to overhaul and completely extinguish the fire while NW Natural gas secures a small gas leak. Fire investigators are on scene now and will be working with investigators from the Oregon State Police to determine a cause of this fire.

No names will be released today. We are asking the public to avoid the area of Linn and Holmes in Oregon City at this time.

The Sheriff's Office and all Clackamas County municipal agencies assisting in this response and investigation are being aided by Portland Police, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Portland FBI, Oregon State Police and other agencies.

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