MEDFORD (WAOW) – A 28-year-old Westboro man fired his first rifle shot at a Taylor County Sheriff's Department deputy through the front door of the man's home and shot at him at least three more times as the deputy fled, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.
“The first time I guess I was aiming at his face,” Alexander Schneider told investigators, calling the others “more like body mass shots,” the complaint said.
Deputy Chad Kowalczyk was hit once in the abdomen Sept. 8 as he ran to his car and was able to drive away from the scene, the complaint said. Another bullet was retrieved from his clothing.
The shooting occurred after Kowalczyk had gone to Schneider's home to investigate a woman's complaint that Schneider had sent her at least 16 text messages that day, in violation of a restraining order, the complaint said.
Schneider was charged in Taylor County Circuit Court with six felonies – attempted first-degree homicide, possession of a firearm contrary to an injunction, possession of a short-barreled shotgun and three counts of bail jumping. He is to make his initial court appearance Tuesday.
Schneider has been jailed on $1 million cash bond since his arrest.
According to the complaint, Schneider told investigators that he sent a text message to his one-time girlfriend as he talked with Kowalczyk through the door, threatening to kill himself, the complaint said.
Schneider said he retrieved a .22-caliber rifle from his bedroom, fired at the deputy through the door, ran to his bedroom and fired at least three some more shots at the fleeing deputy through the bedroom window, the complaint said.
“I didn't know if I hit him or not,” Schneider told investigators. “I guess it was out of anger, rage, depression.”
After that shooting, Schneider said he ran to a nearby abandoned house and recovered a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun that he had hidden in a wall, the complaint said.
“He stated he grabbed the short-barreled shotgun and was planning on killing himself,” the complaint said.
Schneider eventually surrendered to police and was interviewed hours later at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, the complaint said.