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Westboro man convicted in deputy shooting

MEDFORD (WAOW) - A 28-year-old Westboro man pleaded no contest Monday to attempting to kill a Taylor County Sheriff's Department deputy who had gone to his home to investigate a woman's complaint.

Alexander Schneider was convicted of three felonies - attempted first-degree intentional homicide, possession of a short-barrel gun and bail jumping - in return for prosecutors dropping four other charges, according to online Taylor County court records.

The no contest pleas to the three charges allowed a judge to convict him as if he pleaded guilty.

Schneider was charged in the Sept. 8 shooting of Deputy Chad Kowalczyk, who was hit once in the abdomen.

Kowalczyk has since returned to work.

Schneider's plea deal avoids a trial that had been set to start July 21. He is to be sentenced Sept. 15.

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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