According to Captain Paul Timmons of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Nehemiah Fischer and his brother, Brandon Fischer, knew that they were dealing with Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers in the events that led to a trooper-involved shooting Friday night.
“It is clear that they identified themselves as troopers,” Timmons said.
The troopers responded to a call involving two people stranded in high waters just before 9:30 Friday night.
Timmons said that both troopers were vigorously encouraging the men to leave floodwaters near Hectorville Road and Bixby Road in Okmulgee County before Fischer and his brother began agitatedly walking toward the troopers.
Timmons also said that troopers identified themselves by loudly announcing “state troopers,” and then Nehemiah Fischer assaulted one of the troopers.
Both troopers discharged their weapons.
“I’d like to open by saying our condolences are with the Fischer family,” Timmons said.
Nehemiah Fischer died on the scene, and Brandon Fischer was arrested for public intoxication and assault charges.