Reserve Officer Robert A. Libke

Reserve Officer Robert A. Libke

Oregon City Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch Monday, November 4, 2013

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Robert A. Libke

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 committed suicide at the location a short time later.

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. He is survived by his expectant wife.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 51035

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, November 3, 2013
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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I hail from a long line of LEO's from many different levels from local, state, federal & military LEO's. We are a family of service.
Reserve Officers are great assets to each agency that is honored enough to have them. Rob sacrificed his life for his community and the outpouring of support for his service was impressive to see.
Though I hadn't had the opportunity to meet Rob personally, I witnessed how his contribution to the profession impacted others and I attended the funeral service. The line of vehicles in the procession spanned over 20 miles long and the service was befitting of a hero's sendoff. Sadly, these events always come as a result of a tragedy.
Rob is greatly missed, even by those who never met him. My condolences to his family, both blood & blue.

Steve Jorgensen - President/CEO
Northwest Regional Secure Transport

May 24, 2023

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