A woman told authorities a La Crosse man shot by police Dec. 30 was suicidal and not taking his medications to treat anxiety and bipolar disorder, according to court records filed Friday.

Prosecutors charged Daniel Lexvold in La Crosse County Circuit Court with attempted battery to a law enforcement officer, striking a police animal, criminal damage to property, obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct and seven counts of felony bail jumping.

A La Crosse County sheriff’s deputy stopped Lexvold’s 1998 Dodge Ram pickup for a broken tail light at 9:21 p.m. at N3075 Hwy. 16. The deputy learned that Lexvold about 30 minutes earlier fled a house in the town of Campbell, where, a woman said, he barricaded himself in his room and jumped from a second-story window.

The woman also said Lexvold had used methamphetamine earlier that day, according to the complaint.

During the traffic stop, Lexvold refused to leave his truck and cooperate with the deputy, who requested more officers.

After more officers arrived, Lexvold emerged from his truck wearing a hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses, and he began swinging a logging chain while standing about 25 feet from police. He refused repeated orders to drop the weapon.

La Crosse police officer Ryan Deflorian fired three less lethal beanbag rounds at Lexvold, who then charged deputy Brandon Stoughtenger and his police dog while another deputy used a stun gun on Lexvold, according to the complaint.

Stoughtenger released his dog on Lexvold, who struck it with the chain before nearly hitting Stoughtenger and hitting a squad car with the chain, breaking the windshield.

Lexvold, still carrying the chain, ran from the deputy who used the stun gun around the rear of the squad car toward Deflorian, who was on the driver’s side of the car, with Stoughtenger pursuing.

Deflorian and Stoughtenger fired four times total, but the complaint does not state how many rounds struck Lexvold, who was released from a local hospital on Monday.

Lexvold returns to court Jan. 20 for a preliminary hearing. He is jailed on a $10,000 cash bond.


Anne Jungen covers law enforcement and the criminal justice system in La Crosse County. She joined the Tribune reporting staff in December 2005. You can contact her directly at ajungen@lacrossetribune.com or 608-791-8224.

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