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Shooting Update

Posted on 10th May 2013 at 16:09

Shooting Update—
Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson is out with additional details on last Friday’s fatal officer-involved shooting near St. Helens, saying that Josiah Fischer, 27, of St. Helens brandished a loaded .22 pistol when he got out of a car that had been involved in a high-speed chase with Oregon State Police Troopers. Dickerson released a timeline of events in a press conference held yesterday afternoon; he says that the chase started at 6:38 pm last Friday evening, when Trooper Justin Oxenrider spotted Fischer doing 78 mph on Highway 30 near Scappoose. He did a U-turn and gave chase, with speeds hitting 100 mph before Fischer turned onto Millard Road. The chase continued onto Bennett Road, then ended near the St. Helens Golf Course when Oxenrider performed a “Tactical Vehicle Intervention,” or PIT maneuver, causing Fischer to crash into the ditch. Oxenrider ordered Fischer out of the car, and when the driver emerged, he was holding a semi-automatic pistol. Oxenrider fired nine rounds from his service pistol, hitting and killing Fischer at the scene. Dickerson says that Oxenrider’s version of events is confirmed by video and audio recorded by his in-car camera, along with that video from Trooper Robin May. It’s noted that Fischer was a convicted felon, with a 2008 conviction for first-degree theft on his record. Oxenrider and May have been on paid administrative leave since the shooting; it hasn’t been said when they might return to duty.