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Shooting Report

Posted on 30th May 2013 at 16:50

Columbia County District Attorney Steven Atchison says that Oregon State Patrol Trooper Justin Oxenrider was justified in using deadly force when he shot and killed 27 year-old Josiah Fischer of St. Helens on the 3rd of this month. The shooting took place at the end of a high-speed chase that started on Highway 30 near Scappoose. Oxenrider had pursued Fischer onto the back roads, and then forced his car into a ditch near the St. Helens Golf Course. The investigation shows that Fischer was holding a loaded pistol when he got out of the car, and that he refused to obey Oxenrider’s commands. The Trooper fired nine shots, hitting Fischer multiple times. Trooper Robin May was also on the scene, but she didn’t fire her weapon. Fischer died at the scene. Oxenrider and May have been on paid administrative leave since the shooting; both are now expected to return to duty some time this week. Atchison says additional information regarding this investigation is expected to be released later in the week.