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Officer Colleen Ann Waibel | Portland Police Bureau, Oregon Portland Police Bureau, Oregon


Colleen Ann Waibel

Portland Police Bureau, Oregon

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 27, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; SKS

Offender: Committed suicide in jail

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Officer Colleen A. Waibel was shot and killed and another officer was shot and seriously wounded after attempting a drug raid on a house.

Both officers, along with other officers, had knocked on the front door and identified themselves but nobody answered. As they attempted to knock the door down, automatic gunfire erupted and Officer Waibel was struck above and below her vest and died on the scene. The second officer's vest was penetrated by the armor piercing rounds and she was transported to a local hospital in extremely critical condition and underwent several hours of surgery. A third officer was shot in the hand and wounded as he was returning fire in order to allow for the two wounded officers to be extracted. The suspect, who had been shot and wounded, exited the house approximately 2 1/2 hours later when several canisters of tear gas were launched.

Officer Waibel is the first female Portland officer ever killed in the line of duty. The suspect committed suicide in jail in late February, 1998, by hanging himself with a sheet from his bed.

Officer Waibel is survived by her husband.

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I was sitting at the ambulance console when the call came down. My heart sank when I heard Code 0. As a wife of an officer, it's a families worse nightmare. I know that you soar with wings, Officer Waibel. My prayers will always be for those that were left behind, until you are all rejoined again in Heaven. Thank you for your service.

Susan Pohlman
(former dispatcher) American Medical Response, Portland, OR
January 28, 2014


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