Mustang man identified as CCSO shooting victim
Earlier versions of this article misstated details of the incident. This version has been corrected to state Alexander Lindahl did not exchange fire with law enforcement. The Times apologizes for this error.
By Traci Chapman
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has identified the man shot and killed Oct. 8 by Canadian County deputies after a high-speed chase as 24-year-old Alexander Lindahl of Mustang.
The chase began in Tuttle, winding through Minco, Union City and El Reno, before heading into Okarche and Kingfisher County. Lindahl was killed, officials said, after he crashed a Braum’s Dairy Truck he allegedly stole from Braum’s Dairy Farm in Tuttle and exited the vehicle. The crash occurred just north of Okarche, officials said.
“He (Lindahl) lost control, came back across the median and got stuck,” Sheriff Chris West said. “He was trying to get the vehicle going and my deputy shot the tires out.”
A source said Thursday according to the report into the matter, Lindahl did not fire a gun at officers; West said he was holding the weapon.
“He did not shoot,” West stated via a Thursday text message. “He came out of the truck with a gun after a deputy fired at the tires and the deputies fired.”
Officials further confirmed Thursday five deputies shot at the 24-year-old. Those individuals – Major John Bridges, Lt. Bryan Dellinger, Lt. Jason Glass and deputies Chris Sonaggera and Christopher Contreras – were placed on leave immediately after the incident.
Because the chase and shooting occurred just north of Okarche in Kingfisher County, it fell under that county’s jurisdiction, officials said. Kingfisher Sheriff Dennis Banther called Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation in to review the incident, which is standard protocol in any officer-involved shooting, they said. The five CCSO personnel remain on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of that investigation, West said.
OSBI has not yet completed that investigation, officials said.
Sounds like the CCSO deputies were the “victims” if he was firing at them. I hate that it had to end the way it did but the deceased is the one that made that choice. Hardly a victim.
This story has multiple errors. Not really a surprise considering the byline. Alex was never accused of or convicted of assault and battery. In addition, he did NOT fire a gun at police or anyone else on the day he was killed or any other occasion (this was confirmed by the OSBI officer investigating the shooting). Alex paid all court ordered amounts. This includes monthly amounts paid toward court court costs and restitution.
The author of this article is lazy and unwilling or unable to bother with common journalism concepts like confirming a source or bothering to get the story correct.
It’s nice to see that you people cleaned up the pack of lies reported earlier. I hope to God you never have to feel what this family is feeling right now. At minimum you corrected the wrongly reported facts. An apology to this kid’s family would also be warranted