May 29, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Following a review of an investigation into the May 3, 2013 officer-involved shooting by an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper, Columbia County District Attorney R. Stephen Atchison determined the use of deadly force was justified under Oregon law. The District Attorney's finding was forwarded this week to OSP and Columbia County Sheriff's Office, the lead investigating agency, after deciding a grand jury review was not necessary.
The multi-agency investigation led by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office looked into the facts surrounding a May 3, 2013 shooting that occurred after a vehicle attempted to elude two OSP troopers. The vehicle driven by JOSIAH M. FISCHER, age 27, from St. Helens, eventually came to a stop in a ditch along Hazen Road near Stone Road in Columbia County. As Trooper Justin Oxenrider was giving verbal commands to FISCHER, FISCHER displayed a loaded firearm. Trooper Oxenrider fired multiple rounds at FISCHER, fatally wounding him. A second trooper at the scene, Senior Trooper Robin May, did not fire a round from her weapon.
Both troopers are scheduled to return to regular duty this week.
Additional details related to the investigation will be released later by the Columbia County District Attorney's Office.