There is a questionable story coming out of Oklahoma having to do with the recent floods there. An Oklahoma state trooper fatally shot a man after he and another man were rescued from floodwaters, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The two men were brothers.
Two state troopers responded to a report of a stranded vehicle in Okmulgee County, OK, about 20 miles south of Tulsa, at about 9:30 p.m. Friday, writes The Huffington Post. The two policemen found the two men trying to remove a vehicle from a roadway over which water was rising and moving quickly, according to Captain Paul Timmons.
“They were trying to get them to come out of the water. They were worried about them getting swept away,” Timmons said. “(The men), for whatever reason, were just really upset about having to leave the vehicle there.”
The man who was shot was 35-year-old Nehemiah Fischer, according to Timmons. They arrested the other man, Fischer’s older brother, Brandon, who was uninjured.
At least one man – Nehemiah Fischer – reportedly attacked a trooper after reaching dry land and was shot and killed, according to The Huffington Post. It wasn’t immediately known how many shots were fired or whether one or both state troopers did the shooting.
“It’s not real clear how it all transpired,” according to Timmons. The two men were reportedly brothers.
Timmons said a weapon was recovered from one of the suspects, but it wasn’t immediately known which man had the weapon or whether shots were fired at the troopers.
The second man was arrested for assault and public intoxication, Timmons said.
The shooting is under investigation.
Timmons said Nehemiah Fischer, 35, was armed, according to WHNT News.
Fox 23 local network said that Nehemiah was an assistant pastor at Faith Bible Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The highway patrol’s practice is to place any patrolman involved in a fatal shooting on administrative leave. Timmons couldn’t confirm whether that had been done yet for the two troopers in this case, states WHNT News.
However, The Huffington Post claims that neither trooper was injured, and neither had been placed on leave as of Saturday afternoon.