Former Police Cadet Murders His Estranged Wife, Critically Injures State Trooper Before Being Shot Dead

Former police cadet James Tylka (left with his wife Kate Armand) murdered his wife and critically injured a state trooper before he was shot dead, authorities say
Former police cadet James Tylka (left with his wife Kate Armand) murdered his wife and critically injured a state trooper before he was shot dead, authorities say

A former police cadet murdered his wife and critically injured a state trooper before he was shot dead, authorities say.

Officers were responding to reports of gunshots at James Tylka’s Oregon home on Christmas Day, when they found the body of his estranged wife Kate Armand, 24, lying dead in the street.

Tylka, 30, was then spotted driving nearby and troopers gave chase. When they caught up with the suspect, he opened fire but was killed in the shootout.

Oregon State Police Trooper Nic Cederberg was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after being shot multiple times in the confrontation.

Tylka, who was an unpaid cadet with Beaverton Police between 2004 and 2006, had a child with the victim but was separated from her.

The two were reportedly going through a divorce.

‘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 are prayers are also with the wounded OSP officer and his family,’ Armand’s sister told KATU News.

Neighbors say they heard gunshots at around 10pm on Christmas Day at Tylka’s house on King James Place in King City. He was apparently living back with his mother in a neighborhood for senior citizens.

‘I heard what amounted to about five shots and a car driving off,’ neighbor Gary Bounds said.

Cederberg had given chase after Tylka was seen driving in the local area and was able to bring the suspect down, but not without sustaining critical injuries.

‘Nic received multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to a Portland area hospital,’ Oregon Police Department said. ‘Nic underwent surgery (Monday) morning and is in critical condition surrounded by his family and friends.’

‘We are also humbled by the support the community has given,’ the agency told Oregon Live. ‘Please keep Nic, his family and all of his law enforcement peers in your thoughts and prayers.’

The officer is a seven-year veteran of the state police who also served in the military. He was hospitalized at OHSU in Portland, where he remains in critical condition.

Tylka was an unpaid cadet with the police for two years as part of a scheme run for teens with an interest in law enforcement.

Cadets are allowed to shadow officers and help with office work but could not take part in active duty or carry a firearm.

Armand, a mother-of-two, was a med tech at an Oregon senior living center.

She and Tylka has been going through a divorce before she was killed.

Tylka also had an ex-wife with whom he been engaged in several legal battles with over custody of their child and child support payments.

Only a few months ago, in September, his ex-wife had filed for immediate temporary custody of their son, saying he was at risk of abuse. She said they had agreed to joint custody in 2016 but that her former partner had become increasingly irrational and was acting aggressively.

The woman said that when she picked up her son in September, he was crying. When asked what was wrong, he said his father had yelled at him and ordered him to tell him what his mother was doing.

She added that Tylka had talked about committing suicide last year – which prompted a call to the police.

SOURCE: Daily Mail, Hannah Parry