Eugene, Ore., officer fatally shot

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Posted: Apr 23, 2011 2:50 AM
Eugene, Ore., officer fatally shot

Authorities say an Oregon motorcycle officer has been fatally shot while chasing a fleeing driver.

Police say Eugene police officer Chris Kilcullen tried to make a traffic stop on Interstate 105 but the driver sped off.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports that the 43-year-old Kilcullen chased the motorist to an intersection in nearby Springfield, where gunfire erupted.

Kilcullen was hit and did not return fire.

Eugene Police Chief Pete Kerns says the 12-year Eugene veteran was hospitalized but died of his wounds.

Police say the female driver was stopped by local police following a short chase and a standoff developed. A SWAT team was called and the woman was taken into custody about 7:30 p.m.

No other details were immediately available.