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Facing a charge of attempted 1st degree Intentional Homicide for the shooting of the deputy, Schneider was represented by attorney John Vurkees.  Deputy Cory Dassow testified that he responded to assist Deputy Kowalczyk on a case involving Schneider's ex-girlfriend who told officers she was assulted in Rib Lake and Westboro.  She told officers that Schneider "head butted" her and also bit her nose Schneider said if she tried to contact the cops, he would kill her.


Nest to testify was WI D.O.J. Special Agent David Forsythe.  Following the shooting, Agent Forsythe talked with Kowalczyk at the hospital.  He recovered two bullets, one which was removed from Kowalczyk's abdomen and a second bullet on the bed which had been lodged in the deputy's uniform.


Following his arrest, Schneider told Agent Forsythe that he saw the deputy arrive at his Westboro home.  He didn't open the door as the deputy requested becasue he feared he would be arrested for the incident with his ex-girlfriend.  After a brief conversation with the deputy, Schneider went to the bedroom, retrieved a :22 caliber rifle and shot down the hall at the deputy's head.  When he saw the deputy jump off the deck he ran back to the bedroom, opened the window and waited for the deputy to arrive at his car.  He shot three more times as the deputy attempted to get into his squad car.


As the injured Deputy Kowalczyk drove away, Schneider ran to an abandoned house next door and kicked a hole in the wall where he retrieved a sawed off shotgun which he had hid there years before.


Schneider left a message on his ex-girlfriend's phone saying "I shot a cop".


Surgeon Dr. Sweet told Agent Forsythe that Kowalczyk's injuries included a bullet wound to his abdomen and colon.  The bullet missed an artery by one centimeter.  The surgeon indicated that had the artery been severed, the deputy would have bled out in less than three minutes.  The doctor said "he's lucky to be alive".


Kowalczyk also had facial injuries from the shattering door glass, and where the initial bullet grazed his face.


Judge Knox-Bauer ruled she found probable cause and set arraignment for December 20th.


Schneider is being held facing a total of 7 charges in the Lincoln County Jail on a one million dollar cash bond.



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