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November 4, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Police: Oregon officer dies in shooting at house fire

The Associated Press

OREGON CITY, Ore. — Police in Oregon say a volunteer reserve officer has died after he was shot by an 88-year-old man they believe set fire to a house.

Authorities identified the officer as 41-year-old Robert Libke of the Oregon City Police Department.

Libke was part of a two-man team that was first to respond to reports that a man with a gun was outside a burning home on Sunday.

A SWAT team from the Clackamas County sheriff’s office killed the alleged gunman, identified Monday as Lawrence Cambra.

Investigators are trying to determine a motive but don’t believe the fire was set to lure police into an ambush.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

Police said Monday that they believe an 88-year-old man set fire to his house, shot a volunteer reserve police officer and then was killed by a SWAT team.

The injured officer, 41-year-old Robert Libke of the Oregon City Police Department, was taken to a Portland hospital after the confrontation on Sunday. Officials have not released information about his condition.

Police identified the suspected gunman as Lawrence Cambra, who was one of two residents of the burned home. A woman who also lives there was uninjured.


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