PORTLAND — An Oregon State Police trooper suffered life-threatening injuries when he was shot by a homicide suspect late Christmas night, authorities said.

James Tylka, 30, was identified as the suspect that was fatally shot in the incident, Washington County sheriff’s Sgt. David Thompson said.

According to Thompson, police in suburban Portland found a woman deceased after responding to a call of shots fired. Tylka was later seen driving nearby and a pursuit ensued.

The chase ended with an exchange of gunfire about 20 miles south of Portland.

The trooper was taken to a hospital in Portland, where he was listed in critical, but stable condition Monday morning, reported The Register-Guard.

State police identified the trooper via Twitter as Nic Cederberg. He has been with the department for seven years.

The following details were shared on the Oregon State Police Facebook Page:

Last night, Trooper Nic Cederberg, North Plains Worksite, was in contact with a violent offender in Washington County which resulted in an officer involved shooting. Nic received multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to a Portland area hospital. Nic underwent surgery this morning and is in critical condition surrounded by his family and friends.

Trooper Cederberg, 32 years old, is a seven year veteran of the Oregon State Police and is assigned to the patrol division at the North Plains Worksite. He is also a US ARMY veteran. Please respect the family’s privacy as they go through this difficult situation. We are also humbled by the support the community has given. Please keep Nic, his family and all of his law enforcement peers in your thoughts and prayers.

We will share more information as it becomes available.

If you would like to send your well wishes:
email: [email protected]
mail: Oregon State Police
Attention: Trooper Cederberg to
3565 Trelstad Ave SE
Salem, Or 97317

Officers from Hillsboro, Sherwood and Tualatin police were also involved in the incident. Those involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave.

(Feature pic is file photo)