Trooper critically injured on Christmas Day takes steps after leg was paralyzed

Trooper Nic Cederberg. (Oregon State Police)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KATU) - Nic Cederberg, an Oregon State Police trooper who was critically injured by a homicide suspect on Christmas Day, has taken his first series of steps.

James Tylka shot and killed his estranged wife Kate Armand on Christmas Day, south of Sherwood. Officers from multiple agencies responded to the call and Trooper Cederberg was able to track down Tylka just after the shooting.

The two got into some kind of confrontation. Tylka shot and critically injured Cederbeg, who was hospitalized at OHSU with life-threatening injuries. Immediately after, Tylka was shot and killed by other officers.

The trooper's family has been posting regular updates from his GoFundMe page since he was hospitalized. In a post Monday, they said Cederberg took 26 steps with the help of a leg brace:

One of Cederberg's legs was paralyzed in the shooting, and he has since experienced intense pain and numbness.

"That pain has subsided enough for him to do what he didn’t think he could, and that was walk again. He’s working extremely hard to get back to what we would all call normal," his brother wrote.

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