Video shows Oklahoma state troopers fighting with two brothers – including the pastor they shot dead – after the pair’s car was stranded over the weekend in floodwaters.
Nehemiah Fischer was shot to death Friday night and his brother was arrested after troopers responded to a call about their stranded vehicle near Okmulgee, outside of Tulsa.
Investigators said the troopers ordered the men, who are white, to stop trying to move their pickup truck from a flooded road and walk to dry land – and a fight broke out after the men complied.
The video shows the troopers – identified as Michael Taylor and Mark Southall – yelling at the brothers, who then approach the troopers and exchange words.
“Come on, get out of that water — let’s go,” one of the uniformed troopers shouts. “Settle down.”
Nehemiah Fischer, 40, then shoves one of the troopers – and then both disappear from the camera frame.
The dashboard camera video stops just after the other trooper draws his weapon.
Capt. Paul Timmons, a spokesman for the Oklahoma department of public safety, said the video is at least 30 minutes long and would be turned over after a formal request.
Brandon Fischer, 35, was arrested on suspicion of assault and public intoxication charges.
“A handgun was found,” Timmons said. “I can’t verify whether it was being brandished but the deceased individual did have a handgun … the investigators are still trying to determine how many shots were fired. We know there was more than one but an exact number, I don’t have that information available yet.”
Both troopers fired their weapons during the incident, Timmons said.
Fischer’s father said his son, an assistant pastor at Faith Bible Church, carried a valid handgun permit.
A longtime acquaintance of Fischer’s told The Guardian he was baffled by the fatal shooting, saying the pastor was not a troublemaker and did not drink.
“He’s not the kind of guy that’s going to pull a gun on anybody,” said Mike Haesloop, his high school basketball coach. “He’s more one that’s going to pray for you.”
Fischer’s wife said her husband of one year would not have started a fight with state troopers.
“He was the nicest person I’ve ever met,” said Laura Fischer. “He was very giving and he made me want to be a better person. He just inspired me — honestly, he completed my life.”
Watch this video of the incident posted online by KTUL-TV: