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Suspect in Taylor County deputy shooting must get lawyer

MEDFORD, WI (WTAQ) - A man accused of shooting and wounding a Taylor County sheriff's deputy has to get a lawyer before he can start answering to eight criminal charges. 

28-year-old Alexander Schneider made his first court appearance Tuesday, for a series of incidents September 8th in which sheriff's officer Chad Kowalczyk was wounded.

Alexander's initial appearance will resume October 8th in Medford. 

Authorities were called to Schneider's home to investigate a violation of a restraining order for sending 16 text messages to a teenage ex-girlfriend. 

Prosecutors said Schneider fired at Kowalczyk once through his front door, and then three other times as the officer fled. Kowlaczyk was shot once in the abdomen.  

After that, prosecutors said Schneider went off to an abandoned house where he took a 12-gauge shotgun that he hid in a wall. Officials said he talked about killing himself before surrendering later.  

Schneider has been held under a $1 million bond since his arrest.