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UPDATE: Trial Scheduled for Man Accused of Shooting Deputy

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UPDATE: Fri 4:30 PM, Feb. 14, 2014

A five-day trial is scheduled to begin July 21 for a Taylor County man accused of shooting a deputy.

Alexander Schneider, 28, is charged with attempted 1st degree intentional homicide; two counts of possessing a firearm, three counts of bail jumping, and knowingly violating a restraining order.

According to court documents, Deputy Chad Kowalczyk from the Taylor County Sheriff's Department responded to the report of restraining order violation when he was shot in the stomach.

During an initial interview with investigators, Schneider is reported to have said his first shot was intended for the [deputy's] face.

Schneider is in custody in the Lincoln County Jail; which is standard protocol when an employee of the Sheriff's Department or Police Department is involved in a crime.

Court documents also say Schneider admitted he was under the influence synthetic marijuana during the incident and was feeling suicidal.

Deputy Kowalczyk was released from the hospital about a week after the incident.

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UPDATE: Fri 3:31 PM, Dec. 20, 2013

A 28-year-old Taylor County man accused of shooting a deputy Sept. 8 has pleaded not guilty and will return to court in February for a clerical court appearance.

According to court documents, Deputy Chad Kowalczyk from the Taylor County Sheriff's Department responded to the report of restraining order violation around at the home of the accused violator, Alexander Schneider.

Schneider was accused of approaching his ex-girlfriend and forcing her into his vehicle. The alleged victim said Schneider hit, slapped, and even bit her during a car ride to his home. The alleged victim said Schneider also threatened her with a machete. Schneider was expected to be charged in that case on September 9, just one day after he allegedly shot Deputy Kowalczyk.

Schneider is charged with attempted 1st degree intentional homicide; two counts of possessing a firearm, three counts of bail jumping, and knowingly violating a restraining order.

Schneider is in custody in the Lincoln County Jail; which is standard protocol when an employee of the Sheriff's Department or Police Department is involved in a crime.

During an initial interview with investigators, Schneider is reported to have said his first shot was intended for the [deputy's] face.

Court documents also say Schneider admitted he was under the influence synthetic marijuana during the incident and was feeling suicidal.

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UPDATE: Sun at 3:11 PM, Sept. 15, 2013

The Taylor County Sheriff's Department tells NewsChannel 7 that Deputy Chad Kowalczyk will be released from the hospital today.

A Lieutenant with the force says Deputy Kowalczyk has a long road to recovery, but it is a good sign that he is leaving the hospital.

Kowalczyk had surgery the night he was shot on September 8th in the Town of Westboro.

He was responding to a restraining order violation when he was shot in the stomach by 27-year-old Alexander Schneider.

Schneider hasn't been formally charged yet. He is still in the Lincoln County Jail on a $1 Million cash bond.

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UPDATE: Tues at 4:58 PM, Sept. 10, 2013

Court documents obtained by NewsChannel 7 Tuesday, detail the events leading up to a shooting Sunday that left a deputy hospitalized.

According to court documents, Deputy Chad Kowalczyk from the Taylor County Sheriff's Department responded to the report of restraining order violation around 5:18 p.m. at the home of the accused violator, Alexander Schneider.

Schneider was accused of approaching his ex-girlfriend on August 6 and forcing her into his vehicle. The alleged victim said Schneider hit, slapped, and even bit her during a car ride to his home. The alleged victim said Schneider also threatened her with a machete. Schneider was expected to be charged in that case on September 9, just one day after he allegedly shot Deputy Kowalczyk.

During a bond hearing on August 7, Schneider was ordered to have no contact with the 19-year-old woman. However, on September 8 the woman said she received a text message from Schneider. Due to the no contact order, the woman called the Sheriff's Department who dispatched a deputy to his home.

It is unclear if Deputy Kowalczyk made it inside Schneider's home, but according to court documents, at 5:31 p.m., Deputy Kowalczyk paged dispatch stating he and his squad had been shot, however he believes the bullet has struck his bullet-proof vest.

During this time, investigators were also monitoring posts to Alexander Schneider's Facebook page. Investigators say the posts include statuses such as; "Good bye everyone", "I'm sorry everyone I'm dieing today shot at the cops all caused I loved a girl", "I just wanted to tell her before I die that I really did love her and that I'm sorry for who I've become".

During that same time period the woman called the sheriff's department stating she had received an additional text from Schneider saying the cops were at his house and he was going to kill himself.

A second officer paged to the scene meet Deputy Kowalczyk at the intersection of County Road D and State Highway 13. The detective reportedly found the deputy in shock with a bullet wound to his abdomen.

A neighbor who witnessed the incident said Schneider shot the deputy and shot the deputy's squad before leaving the scene on foot. The neighbor said he saw Schneider go underneath his house.

Around 9 p.m. that evening, Schneider surrendered. He was arrested on a tentative charge of attempted 1st degree intentional homicide. He was transported to the Lincoln County Jail; which is standard protocol when an employee of the Sheriff's Department or Police Department is involved in a crime.

According to the affidavit, during Schneider's ride to the jail, he reportedly asked the condition of deputy. He is also quoted as saying he should have shot himself as it would have saved everybody “a lot of time and money if I had”.

During an initial interview with investigators, Schneider is reported to have said his first shot was intended for the [deputy's] face.

Court document also say Schneider admitted he was under the influence synthetic marijuana during the incident and was feeling suicidal.

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UPDATE: Tues 2:24 PM, Sept. 10, 2013

A deputy shot while on duty Sunday night will be unable to attend his brother's wedding Saturday. According to Deputy Chad Kowalczyk's uncle, Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowlczyk, Chad is the best man.

Sheriff Kowlczyk tells WEAU-TV, Chad is expected to be released from a Wausau hospital in the five to seven days.

The man accused of shooting Deputy Kowlczyk, is expected to be charged on Sept. 24.

The suspect, Alexander Schneider, 27, remains behind bars in the Lincoln County Jail on a $1 million cash bond.

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UPDATE: Tues 9:47 AM, Sept. 10, 2013

MEDFORD, Wis. (AP) -- The man accused of shooting a Taylor County sheriff's deputy is being held in jail on $1 million cash bond.

Deputy Chad Kowalczk is recovering at a hospital after he was shot Sunday when he went to a home in the town of Westboro to question Alexander Schneider about violating a court-ordered injunction.

The News-Herald Media reports the 27-year-old Schneider apparently posted on his Facebook Sunday night that he had shot at law enforcement officers and was preparing to die.

Schneider was arrested about three hours after the deputy was shot and was taken to the Lincoln County Jail. He appeared for a bond hearing Monday.

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UPDATE: Mon 3:00 PM, Sept. 09, 2013

The Taylor County Sheriff's Department has identified the suspect accused of shooting a deputy as Alexander Schneider, 27.

The Taylor Deputy Sheriff injured during the incident in the Town of Westboro is five-year veteran Chad Kowalczyk.

We spoke to Chippewa County Sheriff James Kowalczyk. The Chippewa Sheriff is the uncle of Deputy Kowalczyk.

Sheriff James Kowalczyk said Chad got out of surgery late Sunday night, and the bullet has been removed from his stomach. Sheriff Kowalczyk says Chad is expected to make a full recovery and will be back working as soon as he can.

In the Kowalczyk family, law enforcement runs deep. Sheriff Kowalczyk's brother is an investigator, and Chad's brother works as a jailer for Taylor County.

Deputy Kowalczyk has a 2-year-old son.

Stay with NewsChannel 7 for updates.

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A suspect accused of shooting a deputy Sunday night in Taylor County, is now being held in the Lincoln County Jail.

The suspect, who has not yet been identified, reportedly shot a deputy who had been following up on a violation of a court ordered injunction.

That's when the deputy informed dispatch he came under fire and was injured.

The deputy is recovering at an area hospital.

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UPDATE: Sun 9:26 PM, Sept 08, 2013

The Taylor County Sheriff's Department confirms that a suspect is in custody.

According to a news release, the suspect was taken into custody at 9:05 p.m. on Sunday.

The scene is now clear and the intersection of Highway 13 and Highway 102 is back open.

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UPDATE: Sun 9:14 PM, Sept 08, 2013

The Taylor County Sheriff's Department tell us that the situation is contained right now. Deputies were on scene at the incident around 6:30 this evening.

The intersection of Highway 13 and Highway 102 is closed right now as law enforcement are on scene.

We will add information as it becomes available. We do have a crew on scene.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Sun 6:49 PM, Sept 08, 2013

There have been multiple reports offered to NewsChannel 7 that a law enforcement officer was shot in Westboro, north of Medford.

They tell us that during an incident an officer was shot in the stomach.

These are reports, and nothing has been confirmed for us by the Taylor County Sheriff's Department at this time. We have called to confirm, and at this time no one is available to speak with us on the incident.

Scanner traffic and witnesses on scene indicate a suspect is at large. Roads are being blocked off near the area of County Road D and Highway 13 in Westboro.

The injured officer is believed to have been transported using MedEvac to Aspirus in Wausau.

We're sending a crew to the scene and will bring you updates as soon as they become available.


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