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Woman, 56, charged in police killing

April 23, 2011 at 4:59 PM

EUGENE, Ore., April 23 (UPI) -- A 56-year-old woman who allegedly shot and killed an Oregon police officer during a traffic stop was charged Saturday with aggravated murder.

Chris Kilcullen, 43, who had been a police officer in Eugene for 12 years, was killed Friday in nearby Springfield, KMTR-TV reported. Springfield police are leading the investigation.

Cheryl Dawn Kidd was being held in the Lane County Jail, KVAL-TV in Eugene said.

Springfield Police Chief Jerry Smith said Kidd led police on a high-speed chase on back roads before she was arrested.

A candlelight vigil was planned Saturday for Kilcullen at city hall in Eugene, KMTR said.

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