Homicide suspect who shot trooper asks to 'buy - trade' for gun on Facebook
Detectives say a man shot and killed a woman in King City on Christmas night, just before a shootout with law enforcement that critically injured an Oregon State Police officer.
According to police, 30-year-old James Tylka shot State Trooper Nic Cederberg multiple times last night in Sherwood. Tylka was fatally shot in the confrontation.
While officials haven’t released the name of the woman who was shot and killed on Christmas, family members tell KATU News she was 24-year-old Katelynn Tylka-Armand - the suspect's estranged wife.
Those relatives say Katelynn was getting a divorce from Tylka. They released the following statement about Armand’s death:
"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 and prayers are also with the wounded OSP Officer and his family."
Tylka, who was a cadet with Beaverton Police between 2004 and 2006, does not have a significant criminal background.
KATU’s Bob Heye found a Facebook post from Tylka on the “Portland/Vancouver Trade Group” on December 2. It appears that he was looking for a firearm.
"Anyone got guns for sale - trade?" the post read.
Heye also learned that James Tylka divorced his first wife in 2011, and that he had been sharing custody of his 7-year-old son from that previous marriage. According to court documents, Tylka was $2,000 behind on child support payments to his ex-wife.
Records show the boy's mom filed for temporary custody of the child starting in September. She eventually filed an affidavit in that case stating that "James has been acting very irrational and impulsive for the past few weeks."
She also wrote "I am fearful that" the child was "no longer safe in his care."
The court eventually denied her petition for emergency temporary custody. They did put a lien on Tylka’s property for non-payment of child support.
Police say Tylka also had a child with Katelynn Tylka-Armand - the woman presumed to be the victim he shot and killed.