Father of slain officer: 'He loved his job'

Father of slain officer: 'He loved his job' »Play Video
Officer Chris Kilcullen

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A 12-year veteran of the Eugene Police Department gave his life in the line of duty Friday. A suspect in his death is in custody.

Officer Chris Kilcullen, 43, was shot and killed as he attempted to make a traffic stop.

Kilcullen is survived by a wife and two children.

KVAL News spoke with his father, John Kilcullen, on Friday.

"He was a really good kid. I mean, I guess, he wasn't a kid," he said. "He was real guy, and he loved his job."

Around 8 p.m. Friday, Oregon State Police confirmed the female suspect involved in the officer's shooting had been taken into custody. On Saturday morning, police identified the suspect as Cheryl Dawn Kidd, 56.

After a high speed pursuit that went through Lowell and east along the northside of Lookout Point Reservoir, police cornered the suspect's car outside Oakridge and Westfir. Traffic through Westfir was blocked by police.

A SWAT team passed through Westfir at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Kilcullen apparently tried to pull over the driver for running a red light, but the driver took off. When he gave chase, she allegedly shot him. Kilcullen lost control of his motorcycle and crashed. Police neither confirmed nor denied that account but witnesses to the shooting described a similar course of events.

Police closed Oregon Highway 126 (Eugene-Springfield Hwy) at 42nd Street to 52nd Street to investigate.

Motorists traveling eastbound on OR 126 were detoured southbound onto 42nd Street for points east.

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This is a developing story. This story will be updated.

Watch for updates on KVAL 13 TV News at 6 p.m./11 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m./11 p.m. Sunday.

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