UPDATE: The Okmulgee County District Attorney’s Office has cleared two Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of a man.
Officials say Troopers Mark Southall and Michael Taylor will not be charged in the death of Nehemiah Fischer.
OKMULGEE COUNTY, Okla. - Authorities are investigating a high water rescue that turned into a deadly shooting this past weekend.
Nehemiah Fischer, 35, and his brother, Brandon Fischer, 41, were reportedly fishing on their father’s property around 9 p.m. Friday when their truck stalled in high water.
Troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol received a call about a possible stranded motorist around 9:27 p.m.
Just minutes later, the first trooper arrived on scene and told the men to get out of the water.
Officials say the troopers were concerned the Fischers would be swept away and told them to get to higher ground.
Eventually, the men walked toward the troopers, who identified themselves as state troopers.
According to Capt. Paul Timmons, with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Nehemiah Fisher pushed one trooper to the ground and began fighting.
During the struggle, Timmons says both troopers discharged their weapons.
Nehemiah, who troopers say was armed with a gun, was shot and killed by one of the troopers.
Brandon was booked into the Okmulgee County Jail for allegedly assaulting an officer.
J.R. Fischer, the boys’ father, told The Tulsa World that his son, who was also an assistant pastor at Faith Bible Church, was a law-abiding citizen who deeply respected authorities.
“It just didn’t happen. Anyone who knows Nehemiah knows he would never charge someone who is an officer. That’s just not him. It doesn’t make any sense,” Faith Bible Church Pastor Don Hargrove told The Tulsa World. “There’s no reason for some guy like Nehemiah, or anyone, who’s trying to get his truck out of the water to turn around and assault some police officers.”
During a news conference on Monday, officials released a portion of the dashcam footage that captured the alleged assault.
Both troopers have been placed on paid administrative leave and the shooting is still under investigation.
On Monday afternoon, OHP officials identified the troopers as Michael Taylor and Mark Southall.
Taylor graduated from the academy last year, while Southall has been with the force since 2006.