Man kills estranged wife, critically injures Oregon State trooper

Kate Armand (Photo courtesy Armand family) and Oregon State Trooper Nic Cederberg (Photo courtesy OSP)

An Oregon State Police trooper is fighting for his life at a Portland hospital after he was shot by a homicide suspect on Christmas Day.

Police were called to a home on SW King James Place in King City around 10 p.m. Sunday for a possible shots fired incident. When they arrived, they found a woman's body outside the house.

“I heard what amounted to about five shots and a car driving off,” neighbor Gary Bounds said.

Troopers quickly spotted the suspect, 30-year-old James Tylka, driving in the area.

Oregon State Police Trooper Nic Cederberg gave chase, following Tylka to SW Gimm Lane south of Sherwood where the two got into some kind of confrontation and shots were fired.

Trooper Cederberg was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after being shot multiple times. Tylka, who was a cadet with Beaverton Police between 2004 and 2006, was killed.

Cederberg has been with the department for 7 years and is an Army veteran. He was hospitalized at OHSU in Portland, where he remains in critical condition.

Police say Tylka had a child with the woman he shot and killed.

She hasn't been officially identified, but her family says she is 24-year-old Kate Armand. She was separated from Tylka and going through a divorce.

"We are still in shock and devastated from last night's events. My heart is broken from the loss of my only sister. Our thoughts are prayers are also with the wounded OSP officer and his family," Armand's sister told KATU News.

Officers from Hillsboro, Sherwood and Tualatin police departments were also involved in the incident.

Many law enforcement officers have been seen Monday morning going in and out of OHSU visiting the trooper, where he remains in stable, but critical condition.

Stay with KATU News as this story develops.

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