Man killed af­ter shov­ing trooper

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

A man shot dead af­ter be­ing told to leave a f looded area had grabbed a trooper and shoved him to the ground, the Ok­la­homa High­way Pa­trol said.

The agency showed a po­lice video in which two men — the Fischer broth­ers — tramped through wa­ter to­ward two of­fi­cers. High­way Pa­trol spokesman Capt. Paul Tim­mons said Ne­hemiah Fischer, 35, knocked over one trooper be­fore be­ing shot.

Fischer’s fa­ther, J.R. Fischer, told the As­so­ci­ated Press that the be­hav­ior didn’t sound like that of his son, who was an as­sis­tant pas­tor at a Tulsa church. He de­scribed his son as “gen­tle as a dove with peo­ple who needed a hand.”

The other brother, Bran­don Fischer, 41, was ar­rested on com­plaints of as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer and public in­tox­i­ca­tion.

An at­tor­ney who ap­peared at the bond hear­ing on be­half of the fam­ily de­clined to com­ment.

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