Sherwood chief credits officers with helping to save trooper's life
Chief Jeff Groth tells the council that an investigator told him three Sherwood officers aided in trooper's survival.
(This story has been update to reflect comments from Nic Cederberg's brother regarding being shot numerous times and still surviving.)
Sherwood's police chief credited his officers with helping to save the life of the Oregon State Trooper who was shot and seriously wounded while responding to a homicide investigation on Christmas night.
Trooper Nic Cederberg was shot by James Tylka, a former Beaverton Police Department cadet, after Cederberg chased him and confronted him on Gimm Lane just outside of Sherwood, police say. Tylka in turn was shot and killed by officers at the scene. Tylka is believed to have killed his estranged wife, 24-year-old Katelynn Tylka-Armand in King City on Dec. 25, according to investigators.
During the Jan. 3 Sherwood City Council meeting, Sherwood Chief Jeff Groth said a Sherwood officer pursued Tylka's vehicle for a brief time as it went through the city.
"Ultimately, Trooper Cederberg located the suspect off of Bell Road," the chief said.
Groth told the council he couldn't say much because the investigation is still active, however, he pointed out that after deadly force was used on the suspect, Sherwood officers grabbed a trauma bag from one of their vehicles to render first aid to Cederberg.
They also used tourniquets they always carry with them to administer "tactical combat care," he said.
Groth said he was told by one investigator, "that the actions of our officers played a vital role in the survival of Officer Cederberg."
On Jan. 10, Jeff Cederberg posted on Nic Cederberg's GoFundMe account that his brother had been shot 12 times in the arms and torso. Jeff Cederberg also wrote that his brother asked officers to take his car to transport to the hospital because it would be faster than an ambulance.
"What he didn't' know is how bad of shape he was really in, and that had they done that it would have probably killed him," Jeff Cederberg wrote. "What he did have with him were experienced officers who knew how to pack bullet wounds correctly and this ultimately saved Nic's life."
Jeff Cederberg added: "This wasn't a typical shooting in that, to my knowledge, no police officer has ever taken twelve rounds at that range and lived." He noted that any of 12 bullets should have killed him but didn't.
Officers from all the previously named departments — including three Sherwood police officers — are all on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation, which is standard procedure for such incidents.
"I can tell you the precision and tactics and everything utilized (by the officers) was by-the-book and spot on," Groth told the council on Jan. 3.
Last year, the Sherwood Police Foundation donated two large "active shooter" kits to the Sherwood Police Department. While Groth wasn't sure one of those bags was available to the officers during the incident, a trauma bag was, and the tourniquets were a donation from the foundation.
Groth said while the city scrambled the first few days after the incident to fill in for the officers on leave — the three placed on leave make up 40 percent of Sherwood's patrol officers — things were getting a little back to normal.
"I would urge you to continue with your thoughts and prayers," said Groth, adding that the Sherwood officers are doing well.
Added Mayor Krisanna Clark, "Our heart goes out to the family as (Officer Cederberg) recovers."
On another note, Groth said Cederberg's parents live in Sherwood and paid a call on the Sherwood Police Department the week of Jan. 2 to meet the officers that "kept their son alive."
He called the family's visit a very moving experience for himself and fellow officers.
Meanwhile, former Sherwood City Council members Linda Henderson and Renee Brouse showed the council a large basket of goodies they collected from area businesses that was later brought to Oregon State Police, which forward it to Cederberg's companion officer. Donations included everything from a stadium blanket with the Sherwood Bowmen logo on it to sweatshirts, hats and gift cards.
"It's absolutely awesome," Brouse said of the items collected.
She said businesses that donated included Adams Screenprint, Roses Restaurant and Bakery, Les Schwab, Clancy's, Symposium Coffee, MudPuddles, Dutch Bros., Fat Milo's, the city of Sherwood, the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce, It's All Arranged Flowers, 503 Uncorked, Panera Bread, Shari's, Walmart, McCabe Real Estate, Trees Restaurant, Craig and Lori Cole and the Sherwood American Legion.