Cops: We Saved Pastor From Flood, Shot Him Dead
Okla. man's wife isn't buying police version of events
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2015 4:52 AM CDT
A man tests a boat on a flooded bridge in Oklahoma.   (Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman via AP)

(Newser) – "It's not real clear how it all transpired," a Highway Patrol captain tells the AP, but for some reason, an Oklahoma man was shot dead by state troopers Friday night soon after the troopers were called out to save him from rising floodwaters. Police say there was a confrontation involving 35-year-old Tulsa man Nehemiah Fischer and his brother Brandon after they were asked to move to higher ground before they were swept away, Tulsa World reports. The brothers had been trying to push a car through rising waters, police say. "For whatever reason, and this is where it gets a little cloudy, (the men) approached the troopers," the captain says. "Shots were fired." Brandon was ultimately charged with assault and public intoxication. Friends and relatives say attacking police would be totally out of character for the late Nehemiah Fischer, an assistant pastor.

"I don't get it. None of this is making any sense," a friend who has never known Fischer to drink or get in trouble tells the Guardian. "When I got the news that he was shot and killed ... You just shake your head and go: 'What is going on, did God run out of good bodies up there?' Because he's the last one you'd think that would be in this kind of trouble." Fischer's wife says she doubts the police version of events. "He would not be one to disrespect them or go after them," she tells Fox23. "If anything ever happened in the news that was negative toward police, he was more on the side of the police," she says. "So for something like this to happen just doesn't make any sense." The Highway Patrol captain tells the Guardian that Fischer had a handgun, but it isn't clear whether it was brandished during the incident. (Click for a much more uplifting story from the flooding.)