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Father: Son, an assistant pastor, killed in Oklahoma shooting was not violent

Screenshot from video
Screenshot from video

OKMULGEE, Okla. — The father of an assistant church pastor who was shot and killed by Oklahoma state troopers says his son was not capable of violence and respected law enforcement.

J.R. Fischer told the Associated Press on Monday that Nehemiah Fischer was a man of God who studied the Bible daily.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Fischer was fatally shot Friday by troopers after they helped him and his brother, Brandon Fischer, out of floodwaters. Brandon Fischer was arrested for assault and public intoxication. A bond hearing was expected Monday afternoon.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said at a Monday news conference that Nehemiah Fischer grabbed a trooper and shoved him to the ground.

OHP spokesman Paul Timmons said two troopers were asking Nehemiah and Brandon Fischer to get out of floodwaters on Friday.

Timmons said the Fischers walked toward the troopers and Nehemiah Fischer shoved one trooper to the ground. Fischer then was shot.

Timmons said OHP is investigating how many shots were fired. OHP has said a gun belonging to Nehemiah Fischer was recovered.

Timmons showed video of the incident, but only one trooper is visible after the scuffle begins. His gun was raised.

The troopers are on administrative leave. Timmons said one has eight years’ experience and the other has one year of experience.