Trooper critically injured in Christmas shooting will leave hospital soon, family says
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon State Police trooper wounded while exchanging gunfire with a murder suspect was allowed to leave his hospital room on Tuesday.
While Nic Cederberg’s short journey was supervised and in a wheelchair, family members say it is an extraordinary step in his recovery.
Trooper Nic Cederberg was critically injured Christmas night while in a shootout with James Tylka, who was shot and killed by officers.
Police say Tylka shot and killed his estranged wife, Kate Armand, after she dropped off their 11-month-old daughter at his King City home earlier that night.
Cederberg's family members have been keeping the public up-to-date on his condition on his GoFundMe page. A post on Tuesday evening from Nic’s brother Jeff Cederberg revealed some details on what the trooper said he experienced that night.
“On that Christmas night my brother was shot twelve times at a distance no greater than twelve feet - a gun fight in a phone booth,” Jeff Cederberg wrote.
Once at the hospital, Cederberg said staff found that he had been hit seven times. His bullet-proof vest stopped five bullets.
“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,” Cederberg wrote. “When I said that he was ‘one tough hombre’ I meant it.”
The family said they would like to thank everyone for the community’s support through his recovery. You can read Jeff Cederberg's full post below.