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Man accused of shooting deputy pleads not guilty

  MEDFORD (WAOW) - A 28-year-old Westboro man accused of shooting a Taylor County deputy sheriff pleaded not guilty Friday to six felonies. No trial date was immediately set.

Alexander Schneider was charged with attempted first-degree homicide and five other felonies in the Sept. 8 shooting of Deputy Chad Kowalczyk, who was hit once in the abdomen.

Chief Deputy Larry Woebbeking said Friday that Kowalczyk has been cleared to return to work but the exact date has not been determined.

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, according to the criminal complaint.

Prosecutors say Schneider shot the deputy through the front door of Schneider's home with a .22-caliber rifle and shot at him at least three more times as the deputy fled.

Schneider has been jailed on $1 million cash bond since his arrest.

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