One Million Dollars Cash Bond Set for Westboro Shooter
On Sunday, September 8th at approximately 9:05 P.M., a 27 year old male Taylor County resident was taken into custody as the result of his involvement in a shooting incident that caused injury to a Taylor County Deputy Sheriff.
The officer, 5 year Taylor County Sheriff's veteran, Chad R. Kowalczyk, had made contact with the individual, 27 year old Alexander Joseph Schneider, as the result of a reported violation of a court ordered injunction. During that contact, officer Kowalczyk came under fire and ultimately reported to the Dispatch Center that he was injured.
Emergency medical personnel were dispatched along with additional law enforcement officers. Officer Kowalczyk also received assistance from concerned citizens in the area.
The suspect, Alexander Joseph Schneider, was apprehended, transported to and booked into the Lincoln County Jail.
Taylor County received law enforcement assistance from the Medford Police Department, Clark, Marathon, Eau Claire, Lincoln, Chippewa and Price County Sheriff's Departments.
The Westboro and Rib Lake Fire Departments provided assistance by conducting traffic control. Rib Lake Ambulance and First Responders along with Medevac and an area Flight For Life Service provided medical treatment and assistance to the injured officer.
Following his arrest Sunday night, Alexander Schneider was interviewed by WI DOJ DCI special agent David Forsythe. Schneider admitted to pointing a .22 caliber rifle at the deputy's head and shot at the deputy as the deputy ran around the house to the squad car.
Schneider admitted to shooting through his bedroom window at the deputy as he was trying to get into his squad car. Schneider said he was trying to shoot at the officer's center mass at that time.
Following the shooting, the officer radioed dispatch indicating he was wounded. As support officers moved to the scene of the shooting at W4945 CTH D, Westboro, the alleged shooter was apparently communicating via Facebook about his cowardly act. Schneider's Facebook page said that he had shot at law enforcement officers and was preparing to die.
Schneider was arrested about three hours after he shot the deputy and was taken to the Lincoln County Jail.
At a bond hearing in Tyalor County Court on Monday, September 9th, Judge Knox-Bauer set bond at one million dollars cash. Schneider's next court appearance is set for September 24th at 2:30.
Reports indicate that Deputy Chad Kowalczyk had a bullet removed from his stomach in surgery Sunday night. He reported to be recovering from his wounds at an area hospital.