FARMINGTON – The cases against two men originally suspected of trying to kill a Woods Cross police officer have not gone far. One was released without charge and the other pleaded guilty to a reduced theft charge.
After officer Joshua Lindsey fired several shots at a truck carrying the men – who were allegedly seen acting suspiciously in a second-hand parking lot in the wee hours of February 7 – Lindsey said the men tried to run him down and were being chased into Salt Lake County.
Woods Cross police fired Lindsey in August after an investigation showed the van driven by Nordahl was backing up, not moving to overturn him, when he fired several shots, hitting the truck but not the men. Police Chief Chad Soffe said Lindsey also shot at the truck as it drove away, also in violation of the department’s policy on the use of lethal force.
And on September 14, the Davis County District Attorney’s Office filed two charges of third degree aggravated assault against Lindsey, 39, of Kaysville.
After his arrest in West Valley City, police jailed Julian Nordahl, 27, in Davis County Jail on suspicion of attempted aggravated murder, a first degree felony; second degree felony counts of auto and firearms theft; plus charges of failing to stop for the police, making burglary tools, reckless driving and not staying at the scene of an accident.
After reviewing the case, the Davis County District Attorney’s Office charged Nordahl with two counts of second degree theft. In a plea bargain on August 17, he pleaded guilty to one count of attempted theft reduced to the third degree and the other was fired. The other man in the truck has not been charged, court records show.
Contacted on Wednesday, Davis County District Attorney Troy Rawlings said he was not aware of the details of the case against Nordahl and referred an investigation to the Assistant District Attorney who handled the case, Jason Nelson. The efforts to reach Nelson were not immediately successful.
Nordahl’s attorney, Frank Berardi, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the case.
Lindsey, meanwhile, has an appearance scheduled for Oct. 18 in 2nd District Court. He was booked and released from Davis County Jail this week, after receiving a court summons. Lindsey’s lawyer Nathan Evershed declined to comment on Wednesday.