Trooper critically injured by homicide suspect has third surgery, is 'on good trajectory'

Nic Cederberg and his wife, Hayley Shelton (Photo courtesy Oregon State Police)

Officials say the Army veteran and Oregon State trooper who was shot and critically injured by a homicide suspect on Christmas Day is "on a good trajectory" considering the trauma he went through.

James Tylka is accused of shooting and killing his estranged wife Sunday in King City. Oregon State Trooper Nic Cederberg pursued Tylka shortly after the shooting was reported and the two got into a confrontation. Details have not yet been released, but Trooper Cederberg was shot multiple times by Tylka, who was killed soon after.

Cederberg has gone through three surgeries at OHSU in Portland, and had his wife, a Portland Police officer, by his side the whole time.

He went through his third surgery Wednesday, and according to Oregon State Police, "it went well, he is strong and a fighter... Nic's on a good trajectory considering the trauma he suffered on Christmas."

After his first surgery, he gave his wife a high five.

If you'd like to send well wishes to Nic and his family, you can send them to:


Mail: Oregon State Police

Attention Nic Cederberg

3565 Trelstad Ave SE

Salem, Or 97317

Donations can be made through the Oregon State Police Officers Association website

A candlelight vigil for Cederberg is planned at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 2 at the Jessie Mays Community Center on NW Hillcrest Street in North Plains.

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