Pastor Shot And Killed By Police That Were To Rescue Him

Posted on June 2, 2015

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An Oklahoma Pastor was fatally shot during a confrontation with two state troopers who were trying to rescue him and his brother from rising floodwaters on Friday, but the man’s wife is questioning the troopers’ account.

The two Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers responded to a stranded motorist call near Tulsa at about 9.30pm on Friday and found Nehemiah, 35, and Brandon Fischer, 40, with two vehicles trying to move one from a roadway amid fast-moving waters, police say.
Police hold that a physical altercation ensued and a trooper fatally shot Nehemiah in defense of himself. But Nehemiah’s wife, Laura, says she can’t picture that happening, FOX reports.
Nehemiah was pronounced dead at the scene and Brandon was arrested for assault and public intoxication, according to FOX.

Laura is adamant that her husband, an assistant pastor at Faith Bible Church in Tulsa, and Brandon would never go after the troopers on their own volition.

‘He was the nicest person I’ve ever met. He was very giving. He made me want to be a better person,’ Laura said of Nehemiah.

The two would have celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary next month.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons said he confrontation occurred as the men were exiting the water after the troopers told them to leave the vehicle and come to safety on higher ground near Hectorville and Bixby Roads, CNN reports.
  
Details of what led to the altercation are unclear, but Timmons said the two brothers were ‘really upset’ about having to leave the vehicle in the water.

Neither trooper was injured.
‘[The troopers] were trying to get them to come out of the water,’ he said. ‘They were worried about them getting swept away.’
Timmons said Nehemiah had a weapon, according to CNN. Officials have not said if the weapon was used or shown.
However, a friend of Nehemiah, Mike Haesloop, told The Guardian that the 35-year-old is ‘not the kind of guy that’s going to pull a gun on anybody.’
‘He’s more one that’s going to pray for you,’ he said. ‘…I don’t get it. None of this is making any sense.’
Laura described Nehemiah, who owned a construction company, as a church man and not a fighter.
The woman spoke through tears as she told a FOX reporter of how she was so thankful for her life with Nehemiah.
She said she wants to see any dash cam footage that may shed light on the situation.

The investigation is ongoing and Timmons told FOX that the earliest any new information will be released is Monday.

Timmons told the Guardian that the names of the troopers involved would be released this week.
OHP practice is to place any patrolman involved in a fatal shooting on administrative leave. Timmons said ‘it’s probably a matter of time’ before that happens.