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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