SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- An officer silenced; a suspect in jail; and a memorial growing in size.
Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen was killed during a traffic stop on Friday evening. Police said he tried to pull the suspect over, but she took off and fled into Springfield.
Kilcullen finally pulled over Cheryl Kidd of Springfield at Highway 126 and 52nd Street. He walked up next to her car and that's when police said she shot him.
"His weapon was not withdrawn, so it was a total surprise," said Springfield Police Chief Jerry Smith.
After the shot, police say Kidd took off driving southeast. Lane County Sheriff's Office deputies and Oregon State Police troopers joined the chase. Near Westfir, police say Kidd reached a dead-end in the road and law enforcement began negotiating with her to surrender.
"It took a long time," said Smith.
Kidd was eventualyl arrested and taken to the Lane County Jail early Saturday morning on a murder charge. She faces arraignment on Monday.
Springfield police searched the car Kidd was driving and found a .38 caliber handgun. They also searched Kidd's Springfield residence.
Smith said Kidd does not have any significant criminal history. But on Monday April 18, Springfield Police were called to her apartment for a noise complaint. Police said she was playing a guitar with the door open. Police asked her to quiet down and left.
Smith said he doesn't know if Friday's tragic events could have been avoided.
"With this lady's frame of mind, officers walk up on cars every day and don't know what they're going to deal with and encounter," said Smith.