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State troopers shoot, kill St. Helens man after high-speed chase

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A 27-year-old St. Helens man was shot to death Friday evening after leading Oregon State Police on a high-speed chase through the back roads of South Columbia County.

State police said Josiah M. Fischer was shot by two state troopers at about 6:44 p.m. Friday, May 3, after Fischer’s vehicle slid into a ditch on Hazen Road near the intersection of Stone Road near Warren.

The Columbia County Major Crimes Team is investigating the shooting. Two troopers involved in the shooting, Robin May and Justin Oxenrider, are both assigned to the St. Helens office. They have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure, pending a review of the shooting through the Columbia County district attorney’s office.

According to state police, the pursuit began at about 6:38 p.m. westbound on Highway 30 between Scappoose and St. Helens, when a man driving a black 1997 Mitsubishi four-door sedan went westbound on Millard Road at 6:40 p.m. The sedan traveled on Bachelor Flat Road south to Bennett Road heading west. The vehicle continued south on Hazen Road before sliding into a ditch.

The two troopers fired shots at the sedan’s driver shortly after the vehicle left the road.

Two St. Helens officers responded soon after the shooting, and additional law enforcement personnel arrived from the sheriff's office and surrounding police agencies arrived after that.

No other information was released in the shooting.