Ore. chief: Police thought shot officer was dead

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OREGON CITY, Ore. — Oregon City police have defended the decision of two police officers to leave a fallen fellow officer on the ground near a shooting suspect for 90 minutes.

Police Chief Jim Band said Monday the two officers responding on Nov. 3 believed Reserve Officer Robert Libke was dead.

When a SWAT team arrived and saw Libke move his arm, officers switched to a rescue mission.

A SWAT team physician says Libke would likely have died in any case.

The 41-year-old Libke was shot while responding to a house fire started by an 88-year-old man who had a gun. The gunman, Lawrence Cambra, then killed himself.

Band says it's unclear whether the officers who initially saw Libke would have acted differently if they had known he was alive.