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Mother of shot deputy: "He's very lucky to even be alive"


The Taylor County deputy shot in the line of duty is now resting at home.

Authorities say Deputy Chad Kowalczyk was responding to a call last Sunday when he was shot several times.

Alexander Schneider, 27, was arrested in connection to the shooting. He is being held in the Lincoln County Jail on a $1 million cash bond. He has not been formally charged and Newsline 9 has not been able to reach his attorney for comment.

"It's the best feeling ever. We are so happy because he's very lucky to even be alive," Cheryl Kowalczyk, Chad Kowalczyk's mother. She says she's glad her son is home again.

"Just to know he's going to get better. He's got a long road of recovery but he is going to get better. That's the main thing," she said.

Last week, Taylor County authorities say Deputy Kowalczyk was shot in the stomach and on the arm. His mother says she'll never forget the moment she heard the news.

"I was just shocked. It doesn't set in until the drive over and then you just have a major melt down because you're helpless," said Cheryl Kowalczyk.

She says her son had surgery to remove the bullet.

"As a mom, I don't even know how to describe it. It's heart breaking for your child to be hurting and wondering if he's going to survive," said Kowalczyk's mother.

Now, one week after he was shot, Deputy Kowalczyk is home, and a large group of emergency vehicles led the way.

"They had a procession and that was just breath taking to see," said Cheryl Kowalczyk.

Kowalczyk has a long road ahead to recovery, but his mother says she knows he'll get through it.

"As a mother, you'd rather take their pain inside yourself, but he's strong," the deputy's mother said.

As she says she knows this won't be the end of her son's career as an officer.

"He definitely loves law enforcement and he'll be back," said Cheryl Kowalczyk.

His family say they can't wait to see him back in uniform once again.

Deputy Kowalczyk's mother says the support from the law enforcement community has been incredible. She says that's what helped get her through this difficult time.

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