Man charged with shooting Waupaca Co. deputy held on $5 million cash bond

WFRV-- After making an initial court appearance in Waupaca County on Monday, James Dax is now being held in Waupaca County jail on a $5 million dollar cash bond.

According to a criminal complaint, Dax faces multiple charges. They include six counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, one count of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, one count of battery to a law enforcement officer, one count of possession of a firearm (person involuntarily committed and subject to court order), one count of terrorist threats, and one count of possession of explosives for an unlawful purpose.

Dax was taken into custody last Friday after officers initially went to pick him up for domestic violence.

When they arrived at his residence along Manske Road in New London, Dax began firing at law enforcement officials.

He hit one deputy, who suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The criminal complaint says that the Waupaca County Sheriff's Office planned an operation to take Dax into custody and search his property.

They were assisted by officers and equipment from Wood and Outagamie County Sheriff Departments and the Brown County Bomb Squad.

Weyauwega, Waupaca, New London, Iola, Marion, Grand Chute, and Clintonville Police Departments and the Wisconsin State patrol also assisted.

Officials evacuated neighboring homes and negotiators attempted to talk Dax into leaving his home peacefully. Those negotiations were unsuccessful.

Law enforcement then used a drone to try and locate Dax inside the home.

Around 11:40AM the bomb squad's robot was also deployed to search for Dax. The complaint says that efforts were hampered by an exhorbitant amount of materials blocking major portions of the home. They noted that Dax may be a hoarder.

The home was breached at 2:00PM and OC was deployed inside.

SWAT teams cleared the first floor and garage, while Dax retreated into his attic.

Dax used a ladder to get into the attic but pulled it up with him once he was inside. 

Three SWAT members went up a ladder of their own and deployed a flash bang into the enclosed space.

Once into the attic space, they found that Dax was hidden inside a small room with the door closed.

When all three SWAT officers were into the attic, Dax began firing his gun at them. 

The complaint says that he shouted "I give up, I give up" at one point, but then started shooting at officers again.

One of the officers was hit by a bullet believed to come from Dax's gun and also sustained damage to his eardrums. That officer did not have life-threatening injuries.

Officers returned fire at Dax who was hiding behind boxes in the zero-visibility space. They were unable to hit him, but he was subsequently taken into custody.

Dax has an adjourned initial appearance September 19th at 1:30PM.

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A Waupaca County deputy was shot during a shootout with a wanted man Friday afternoon.

The Waupaca County Sheriff's Office says SWAT teams from several counties were executing a search and warrant on James Dax, 62, at his home on Manske Rd. in New London. That's when Dax starting shooting at law enforcement.

The deputy who was hit has non-life threatening injuries.

Dax was wanted for domestic abuse aggravated battery. He now faces multiple counts of attempted homicide for shooting the the officers.

Dax is in the Waupaca County jail


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