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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.


Police and courts reporter

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 or 608-791-8224.

(13) comments


Couldn't we just have; instead of house arrest, have all these criminals stay at TOWER's house. He seems to love them so much!


Like many I support the police in this story. A heavy enough chain could be a very dangerous weapon. He was out of jail on multiple bonds. What judge in their right mind would let a criminal out on multiple bonds?


uc is showing his lack of smarts again. The state is going to support him no matter where he is going.


I think he wanted suicide by cops!!! He still knew right from wrong even if he was off his meds.....

Tim Russell

That must be the wrong picture. Chucker and Climateidiot told us it was a black drug dealer.


Better luck next time? Come on. I agree what he did was awful, but this stuff is no joke to deal with and is REAL. I hope he gets the help he needs.


NO these scum bags need to get off taxpayer payroll , so now he in jail and we are paying to feed & house him !! better off gone !


in addition, nice work by police. probably would have been justified if he died right there. Suspect is very lucky.


Bi-polar, not taking his meds, and suicidal. Pile on the shame and judgement peanut gallery. It's about all you see in these comments. I hope he gets the help he needs.


Justsomedude, you forgot to mention the Methamphetamine use. yah. AND I'm sure he's been offered help for all the other things you mentioned. There is no room for shame and judgement because someone has a mental health or addiction problem, bur people must be held accountable, especially when they refuse to follow recommendations that can help them remain stable


Suicidal ??? better luck next time !!


The point is it doesn't matter what his personal problems were. He came at them swing a chain. What did anyone expect them to do?

union conservative

Clarification.....YOU GET IT! Now that he has been diagnosed with mental health issues its time for the tax payers to support him. NOT! Excuses are the biggest problem in the criminal justice cycle. Most costly too.

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