Family of St Helens man killed by police coping

Family of St Helens man killed by police coping

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Posted on May 11, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Updated Saturday, May 11 at 5:52 PM

ST. HELENS, Ore.—The family of a St. Helens man killed in a confrontation with a state trooper is still trying to make sense of what happened.

Raiko and Vern Fischer are overcome with emotion of the death of their 27-year-old son Josiah last Friday, May 3.

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Troopers said Josiah Fischer was in a high-speed chase with Oregon State Police. After being pulled over he reportedly pulled out a pistol as the trooper approached the car. The trooper shot him nine times.

“I don’t think this pain ever goes away. I just have to learn how to cope with it,” said Raiko Fischer. “He was a good kid. I really miss him.”

The Fischer family is still searching for an explanation. They said their son has had a violent run-in with police before.

“Some of his actions could have been driven by prior fear of law enforcement,” said Vern Fischer. “He was a good kid and people loved him.”

But chances are we’ll never know what events led to the deadly shooting, and family and friends don’t want Josiah’s life to be measured by the way it ended.

KGW reporter Mike Benner contributed to this report.

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