November 26, 2014

Charges pending in shooting of Taylor County sheriff’s deputy

A $1 million bond has been ordered for a northern Wisconsin man accused of shooting and wounding a sheriff’s deputy during a standoff. Charges are still pending against 27-year-old Alexander Schneider of Westboro, who had a bond hearing Monday before a Taylor County Circuit Judge. He’s currently being held in the Lincoln County Jail in Merrill.

Authorities say they tried to take Schneider into custody on Sunday night for violating a previous court-ordered injunction. Schneider had been ordered not to have contact with an underage girl with whom he allegedly was having sex with since she was 13. Officials say Schneider wounded Taylor County deputy Chad Kowalczyk, and then ran away. He was arrested three hours later, after a regional manhunt.

Deputy Kowalczyk was shot in the abdomen, but his condition was not disclosed.

Online court records show Schneider was charged this summer with two counts of child sex assault and reckless endangerment, and he was freed on a signature bond. Schneider was later charged in July with five other counts that include threats, battery, reckless endangerment, and bail jumping. He had posted a $5,000 cash bond in that case.

Larry Lee, WSAU