A pastor was shot and killed by police during a rescue in Oklahoma and now his wife is contradicting the trooper’s account of the events and demands to see the dashcam footage.
Two policemen were trying to rescue Nehemiah Fischer, 35 and his brother, Brandon Fischer, 40 from raising flood waters when a confrontation ensued, leaving Fischer dead and his wife demanding answers.
According to police, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers responded to a stranded motorist call near Tulsa at about 9:30pm on Friday and found the men trying to move a vehicle from a roadway as fast-moving waters threatened. An altercation took place and one of the troopers shot Nehemiah Fischer, reportedly in self-defense.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and his brother was arrested accused of assault and public intoxication, according to Fox 23. However, the man’s wife insists her husband — who is an assistant pastor at Faith Bible Church in Tulsa — and his brother would never confront the police in such a manner.
“He was the nicest person I’ve ever met. He was very giving. He made me want to be a better person,” Laura said of Nehemiah. The couple would have celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary next month. “We loved each other. It was perfect. I was so thankful for my life.” Laura posted a short statement on Facebook.
“Please don’t believe everything you read. I’ve only received minimal information and it doesn’t seem to match up. Please remember the wonderful, caring, loving man that Nehemiah was.”
According to CNN, the confrontation that resulted in the pastor being shot and killed by police occurred after the troopers asked the men to leave the car and come to higher ground. Police adds the brothers were very upset at having to leave their vehicle in the flooded area.
“(The troopers) were trying to get them to come out of the water,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons said. “They were worried about them getting swept away.”
The details of the altercation between the brother and police are still sketchy, but Timmons said Nehemiah had a weapon, however, it is unclear whether he used it or displayed it in front of police.
Not only Nehemiah’s wife is questioning the turn of events that led to her husband’s death. A long time friend, Mike Haesloop, told The Guardian that the pastor is “not the kind of guy that’s going to pull a gun on anybody.”
“He’s more one that’s going to pray for you,” he said. “…I don’t get it. None of this is making any sense.” His wife added he was a man of God, a peaceful man and not a fighter. She is asking to see dashcam video to see what actually happened.
Timmons said the investigation is ongoing and the names of the troopers involved will be released next week, adding that the officer who shot and killed the pastor will most likely be placed on administrative leave.
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