New details released after Stillwater man shot, killed during party

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STILLWATER, Okla. - Authorities are releasing few details related to the tragic death of a Stillwater man this past weekend.

Alexander Vierling, 21, died after being shot in the head early Sunday morning.

When officers arrived to a home in the 500 block of S. West St., they found Vierling sitting upright on a couch with a bullet wound to his forehead.

A gun was found on the coffee table in front of Vierling.

A witness told police to "put her in handcuffs," possibly referring to the person who pulled the trigger.

However, the name of the person who handled the gun was redacted from the police affidavit.

Witnesses say the shooting was an accident.

Police say a person at the party was handling the pistol but thought it was a toy.

According to the police report, alcohol may have played a role in the shooting.

Vierling died Sunday afternoon.

His death has been classified as a result of the"reckless discharge of a firearm."

So far, no arrests have been made.

Authorities say they are still interviewing several witnesses from the party.

Following those interviews, officials will then present their report to the district attorney.

Funeral services for Vierling will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the LifeChurch campus in Stillwater.

The family has asked any donations be made to the following:

Alex Vierling Scholarship Fund

c/o Palmer Marler Funeral Home

5106 N. Washington Rd.

Stillwater, OK 74075.

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