Oregon City, Ore. –The 88-year-old man who fatally shot an Oregon police officer over the weekend before taking his own life had a reputation for quarrels and a record of domestic disputes.
Residents of the Oregon City trailer park where Lawrence Cambra lived for 17 years said he picked fights with neighbors, threatened to shoot them, and killed his own homing pigeons after someone complained about them.
Cambra’s 70-year-old girlfriend got a restraining order against him last year after reporting that he warned her to “watch her back,” the newspaper reported. She also said Cambra threatened to get a gun and “get rid of some people and himself.”
On Sunday, authorities said, the girlfriend fled after a confrontation with Cambra, who later set the couple’s house on fire.
After Reserve Officer Robert Libke arrived at the burning house, Cambra shot him in the face.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was called to the scene.
Initially, authorities said the SWAT team killed Cambra. But an autopsy later showed Cambra killed himself with a single gunshot to the chest, sheriff’s officials said Tuesday.