Trooper critical, suspect killed in chase after domestic slaying
PORTLAND | A Christmas evening shooting left a woman dead, then triggered a car chase and gunbattle in suburban Portland that critically wounded an Oregon State Police officer and killed the slaying suspect, who had a troubled home life, authorities and court records said.
Trooper Nic Cederberg, 32, an
Army veteran who has been with the department for seven years, underwent surgery Monday and remains in critical condition, state police said on their Facebook page.
The incident began when police in King City found the woman’s body after responding to a call about shots being fired late Sunday, Washington County sheriff’s Sgt. David Thompson said.
James Tylka, 30, was seen driving away, and officers pursued him, police said. The chase ended with an exchange of gunfire about 20 miles south of Portland. Authorities did not release other information about the chase and shootout, except that officers from three police departments were
involved and have been placed on paid administrative leave, a routine move.
But details emerged about Mr. Tylka’s problems at home. He was locked in a protracted dispute with his ex-wife over custody of their son and child support payments, according to court records.