Most of $30M negligence lawsuit filed by shot Ore. trooper dismissed

The lawsuit filed by Nic Cederberg, who was shot 12 times by James Tylka in a 2016 incident, alleged that dispatchers failed to alert him that Tylka was armed

PoliceOne Staff

PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal judge has dismissed most of the $30 million lawsuit filed by an Oregon State Police trooper who suffered life-threatening injuries in a 2016 shootout. 

The lawsuit filed by Nic Cederberg and wife Haley Shelton alleged that dispatchers failed to alert him that James Tylka was armed, suicidal and had just shot his wife when they radioed for police to find him on Dec. 25, 2016, KOIN reports.  

Cederberg and Shelton sued Washington County’s 911 dispatch center and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for past and future pain and suffering. Cederberg, who was shot 12 times in the incident, told KPTV he now has permanent disabilities, including post-traumatic stress disorder, and still has at least one bullet in his spine. 

Cederberg lacked critical information when he made the tactical decision to chase Tylka "that he would not otherwise have made, was exposed and subjected to an unanticipated lethal attack and suffered critical, life threatening and permanently disabling injuries,'' the federal suit says. The lawsuit also accuses a Washington County sheriff’s deputy of failing to perform his duty by not arresting Tylka for domestic violence about a month before the shooting.  

Judge Marco Hernandez concluded that dispatchers did not intentionally withhold information from the trooper about Tylka. 

One portion of the lawsuit, which names Legacy Meridian Park Hospital, is still going forward, though lawyers for the hospital told KOIN they are arguing for the case to be dismissed.  The suit alleges an emergency room doctor failed to hold Tylka there for mental health treatment when he attempted suicide by overdosing on insulin on Nov. 30, 2016. 

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