Homicide

Two-state crime rampage leaves many in Oregon town reeling

  • FILE--In this July 29, 2016, file photo, Edwin Lara, a security guard at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Ore., waits in court in Yreka, Calif., for his arraignment. The murder of Kaylee Sawyer, from Bend, Ore., followed by a string of other crimes leading from Oregon through California allegedly committed by Lara has the scenic mountain town or Bend, Ore., deeply shaken. (Greg Barnette/The Record Searchlight via AP, file)

    FILE--In this July 29, 2016, file photo, Edwin Lara, a security guard at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Ore., waits in court in Yreka, Calif., for his arraignment. The murder of Kaylee Sawyer, from Bend, Ore., followed by a string of other crimes leading from Oregon through California allegedly committed by Lara has the scenic mountain town or Bend, Ore., deeply shaken. (Greg Barnette/The Record Searchlight via AP, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE--In this July 26, 2016, file photo, a picture of Kaylee Sawyer is displayed on a screen as Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel speaks during a press conference on at the Deschutes County Courthouse in Bend, Ore. The murder of Kaylee Sawyer followed by a string of other crimes leading from Oregon through California allegedly committed by Central Oregon Community College safety officer Edwin Lara has this scenic mountain town deeply shaken. (Joe Kline/The Bulletin via AP, file)

    FILE--In this July 26, 2016, file photo, a picture of Kaylee Sawyer is displayed on a screen as Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel speaks during a press conference on at the Deschutes County Courthouse in Bend, Ore. The murder of Kaylee Sawyer followed by a string of other crimes leading from Oregon through California allegedly committed by Central Oregon Community College safety officer Edwin Lara has this scenic mountain town deeply shaken. (Joe Kline/The Bulletin via AP, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 photo, shows the campus public safety office at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Ore. The murder of Kaylee Sawyer followed by a string of other crimes leading from Oregon through California allegedly committed by Central Oregon Community College public safety officer Edwin Lara has this scenic mountain town deeply shaken. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

    This Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 photo, shows the campus public safety office at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Ore. The murder of Kaylee Sawyer followed by a string of other crimes leading from Oregon through California allegedly committed by Central Oregon Community College public safety officer Edwin Lara has this scenic mountain town deeply shaken. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)  (The Associated Press)

Many people in a scenic Oregon mountain town are reeling after a man who worked in law enforcement was accused of killing a woman, kidnapping another and taking her to California to carry out other crimes.

Edwin Lara was a public safety officer at Central Oregon Community College in Bend. His wife was a police officer.

After the killing and kidnapping, police say Lara shot a man and then stole a car with three people still inside. He's accused of leading authorities on a high-speed chase on a freeway before being arrested.

Lara's attorneys said they cannot comment, citing a judge's order prohibiting those involved in the case from talking publicly about it.

Aimee Metcalf, assistant director of college relations, says, "This is such a hit on so many levels."