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The doctor who helped rescue an Oregon City reserve officer says a 90 minute delay in attending to Robert Libke's wounds did not make a difference in his survival.

Libke was shot in November by Lawrence Cambra, after the 88-year-old quarreled with his partner and set their house on fire.

Sergeant Matt Paschall says when officers found Libke on the ground, he wasn't moving and didn't appear to be breathing.

He says officers didn't rescue Libke because they were worried they might be dealing with a marksman intent on an ambush,

"They believed that he had possibly been shot by a rifle at that point," Paschall said. "They knew that he'd been shot in the head. And they believed that it was probably a fatal shot at that point. Based off of the observations that they had, they acted appropriately."

Libke lay unattended for about 90 minutes as officers cleared homes and tried to find the suspect. Libke was eventually rescued by a SWAT team after someone saw him move. He died the next day.

Cambra was shot twice by the SWAT team, but died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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