Family of OSP Trooper injured in shooting on Christmas, 2016: 'He never gives up'

Photo of Nic Cederberg and his wife, Hayley, over the holidays from Oregon State Police.jpg

PORTLAND, Ore. – It’s been just over a year since Oregon State Police trooper Nic Cederberg was critically injured in a shootout with a murder suspect on Christmas Day, 2016.

Since then, Cederberg has made an incredible recovery – something his family credits to the support from their community.

Oregon State Police has been offering updates throughout Cederberg’s recovery. To mark the first year since the shooting, they shared a message from his wife, Hayley Shelton.

In the post, Hayley said Nic is still dealing with pain from the shooting, but remains strong in working to get back to leading a normal life.

"I cried happy and sad tears on Christmas," she wrote . "Happy because I got to sit back and watch Nic laugh and enjoy this second chance at life he was given and sad because this ever happened to such a good man."

Cederberg was injured by a man named James Tylka, who shot and killed his estranged wife Kate Armand on Christmas Day near Sherwood. Officers from multiple agencies responded to the call and Oregon State trooper Nic Cederberg was able to track down Tylka just after the shooting.

During the ensuing confrontation, Cederberg was shot 12 times. Tylka was shot and killed in a gunfight with other law enforcement officers who responded to the scene.

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Cederberg was rushed to the hospital and had several surgeries.

His strength shown through the recovery. In roughly two weeks he was able to stand again, and he was able to return home after 48 days in the hospital.

Later that year, Cederberg was honored as North America’s Trooper of the Year.

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