An Oregon State Police trooper has suffered life-threatening injuries after a shootout Sunday near Sherwood leaving two others dead, including the suspect, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.
King City police officers responded at 10:15 p.m. to 11950 S.W. King James Place on reports of shots fired. They found a dead woman and later identified the homicide suspect as James Tylka, 30, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. David Thompson said in a news release.
The official news release read as follows:
Late Last night, an Oregon State Police trooper was shot after pursuing a homicide suspect south of Sherwood. The suspect was shot and killed during the incident. The trooper is currently being treated at a Portland area hospital for life-threatening injuries.
On December 25, 2016, at about 10:15 p.m. King City Police responded to 11950 SW King James Place on a report of a disturbance involving possible shots fired. They arrived with back up units from Tigard police and found a deceased adult female.
The homicide suspect, 30-year-old James Tylka, was spotted driving his vehicle and was pursued by officers. The pursuit ended on SW Gimm Lane south of the City of Sherwood. Mr. Tylka is also believed to be responsible for shooting and seriously injuring the Oregon State trooper. Officers from Hillsboro, Sherwood, and Tualatin Police Departments were also involved in the incident and are currently on paid administrative leave, per standard protocol.
The Washington county Major Crimes Team is investigating both incidents at this time. This is an ongoing investigation with multiple crime scenes and multiple agencies involved. More details will be released as the investigation unfolds and detectives are able to confirm the sequence of events. No further information will be released today.
The Oregon State Police Posted the following on their Facebook page:
Please join us in thoughts and prayers for one of our troopers, who was in a violent encounter tonight in Washington County. The trooper was shot multiple times and is now receiving medical care for his injuries. The trooper has been with the department for 7 years and is an army veteran out of our North Plains Office. Out of respect for the family, we are not releasing the troopers name at this time. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and continuing support. #OSPFamily