Our city lost its first police officer murdered in the line of duty since 1930. That's 81 years!
Motorcycle Officer Chris Killcullen of the Eugene Police Department went after a speeding motorist on highway 126/105 late Friday. The old Buick Skylark was being driven by a 56 year old woman. Killcullen pursued her at speeds up to 80 miles an hour eastbound on the freeway, until she was finally stopped at a traffic light at 52nd and Main in Springfield, OR
Officer Killcullen then stopped his motorcycle next to her car, and got off his BMW and approached the woman. Suddenly, the woman pulled out a handgun, and shot Officer Kilcullen a single time in the face. The officer immediately collapsed, and was later declared dead on arrival at the nearby hospital.
Springfield Police then pursued the woman up into the nearby forests, where she was finally cornered. After a long negotiation, during which time SWAT units had arrived on the scene, the suspect finally surrendered to authorities and was taken into custody.
Little is known about the 56 yr old woman, other than she lives alone in a cheap apartment in one of the worse parts of town.
You know, if Officer Killcullen had drawn his weapon during the stop, bleeding heart liberals would have probably cried unnecessary police brutality for aiming a gun at her. How was he to know that such an older woman could be so dangerous? No wonder Officers have to be so extremely vigilante during traffic stops. How can they know or tell when a stop is going to turn violent? Who would have guessed it in this stop?
Here is a link to a detailed news report:
Officer shot dead during car chase | A Springfield woman is charged with murder in the death of a 12-year Eugene police force veteran
Here is a photo of the scene of the officer's death:
And here is an old news photo taken of Officer Killcullen while on duty. He leaves behind a wife and two very young children.