By Jeremy Scott
PORTLAND – Thousands of people paid their respects on Thursday to an Oregon City reserve police officer who was killed in the line of duty.
41-year-old Robert Libke was shot in the face by a man who set his own house on fire and was threatening neighbors with a gun nearly two weeks ago. Libke was taken off life support the next day.
A funeral procession about 1,000 vehicles strong left Clackamas Community College just before 11:00 headed for an afternoon service at Memorial Coliseum. It closed many freeway ramps and backed up traffic while spectators lined overpasses, highways and roads to catch a glimpse, many with tears in their eyes.
About 5,000 colleagues, loved ones and complete stranger packed the venue to honor Officer Libke.
He volunteered with the department since 2009 and is the first Oregon City cop shot in the line of duty since 1906.
Donations for the family are still being accepted at Clackamas Federal Credit Union and the Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation.