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BEND, Oregon – 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."