OSP trooper critically injured in Christmas night shooting named 'Trooper of the Year'
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon State Police Trooper Nic Cederberg, who was critically injured in a Christmas day shootout with a homicide suspect, has been honored as North America’s Trooper of the Year.
Trooper Cederberg received the accolade Wednesday night at the International Association of Chiefs of Police award ceremony in Linchfield Park, Arizona.
Trooper Cederberg was injured Christmas night, 2016 when law enforcement responded to reports that a man shot and killed his estranged wife outside a home in King City.
Troopers quickly spotted the suspect, 30-year-old James Tylka, driving in the Sherwood area.
Trooper Cederberg picked up the chase and followed Tylka to SW Gimm Lane (south of Sherwood). Cederberg told dispatch that the suspect was shooting at him, and about 90 seconds later a call came out saying "Code Zero, Officer Down."
Tylka fired at officers, striking Trooper Cederberg, and officers fired back. The Washington County District Attorney said the five officers at the scene were justified in their deadly use of force.
Once at the hospital, staff found that he had been shot twelve times. He was hit by seven bullets, and his bullet-proof vest stopped five shots.
“When he leaves the hospital in a day or two for the next stop in his journey he will still have one lodged in his lower spine for the rest of his life,” the trooper’s brother, Jeff Cederberg, wrote online.
Less than a month after the shooting, Cederberg was walking on his own outside the hospital.
He received the Motorola North America’s Trooper of the Year award in recognition of his heroic efforts to stop the murder suspect.
"Not a dry eye was left in the room," Oregon State Police's Patrol Services Division Major David Anderson.
Anderson said there were three other finalists for the award - First Sergeant EJ Kelly from Virginia State Police, Trooper Paul Moak from Illinois State Police and Trooper Brian Costanza from Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
“All of these Troopers are heroes in law enforcement,” Oregon State Police said.