Man Sentenced To 10 Life Terms For Shootout With Chickasha Police

Tuesday, March 26th 2019, 10:23 pm

Alex Warren Klingler, 62, is set to spend the rest of his life in prison. A judge sentenced him to 10 life terms behind bars on Tuesday, March 26. 

Klingler was convicted of opening fire on Chickasha police officers and other investigators as they tried to serve a warrant on his home.

On September 17, 2017, over a dozen officers surrounded Klingler's home.

Investigators said earlier that day they had received a report that Klingler assaulted someone, and they went to check it out. They secured the perimeter and arrested two others who were in the garage.

Police then decided to spread out, and head to the front door.

Court documents state officers yelled that they had a search warrant but did not hear a reply. With no answer, police then busted through the door in, and found out that it had been barricaded.

Within seconds, officers said they found themselves under fire.

Reports state Klingler had a .308 assault rifle.

Three officers were injured by the suspect, and one had to be flown to OU Medical Center. Chickasha Police said that officer still has limited mobility following the shootout but has made tremendous progress.

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Klingler’s family said he did not want to go to jail for the assault charge. Just days after the shooting, they told News 9 they Klingler had a history of mistrusting the police, but never thought he'd be accused of perpetuating such violence.

“Every man has to be accountable for what he did. So, he done it and I'm truly sorry for what he done,” said Chad Klingler, his son. “Something snapped, he was in fear, what else could do that? What else could drive someone to do that?”

 Klingler was also injured in the shootout. He was released from the hospital the next day.

The jury trial lasted 11 days. Klingler was found guilty on all counts.

His attorney said this case is not over yet.

"My client is disappointed in the outcome, and the final judgment and sentence today. However, he understands the difficult nature that a case like this presents to all involved. We are currently preparing a notice of an intent to appeal,” said Attorney John F. Martino.

The district attorney had his own words to say about the case.

"I think justice has been served. I think it's a signal to others in the area that crimes against any law enforcement officer will be taking very seriously by my office, and we will be prosecuted to the full extent of law,” said Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks.

Klingler sentences will run consecutively. He will have to serve 85 percent of each term, before starting the next sentence.

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