Assistant Pastor Shot Dead To Save Him From Drowning
There’s an old saying; “You don’t need to ask a drowning man if he wants to be saved.”
Seven people have died due to floods in Oklahoma, and now there is an additional death but not one that came from drowning. Rather, law enforcement officers stated they were trying to save the man from being swept away by the rising water.
Friday night, Oklahoma Highway Patrol responded to a stranded motorist call near Tulsa. One vehicle was trying to push another from a roadway amid fast-moving waters. The two drivers were Nehemiah Fischer, 35 and his brother, Brandon, 40. Nehemiah was assistant pastor at Faith Bible Church in Tulsa.
The troopers say that the brothers attacked them, and they shot Nehemiah in self-defense.
Nehemiah was pronounced dead at the scene and Brandon was arrested for assault and public intoxication,
Details are unclear, but Capt. Paul Timmons of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the confrontation occurred after the troopers told them to leave the vehicle and come to safety on higher ground when the two brothers became “really upset” about having to leave the vehicle in the water.
Capt. Timmons said Nehemiah had a weapon, but officials have not said if the weapon was used or shown. Nehemiah’s wife of less than a year wants to see the dash cam video.
The names of the troopers have not been released but it was reported that as of Sunday, they were placed on administrative leave.
More on this on The Guardian.
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Hat tip to Glenn. Here are the photos of the two troopers.