James Dax, age 62 of New London, has been charged with eleven felonies–including six counts of Attempted 1st Degree Intentional Homicide–for a shootout with law enforcement in Waupaca County. Dax is charged with attempting to kill three Waupaca County deputies, a Waupaca County detective, and two New London Police officers. He’s being held on a $5-million cash bond. His next court appearance is schedule for next Tuesday.
On September eighth, 48 officers from multiple departments arrived at Dax’s property in the Town of Mukwa. They had an arrest warrant and a warrant to search his property. Dax was wanted for a felony domestic violence incident.
Officers were made aware that Dax was in possession of a 9 millimeter handgun and homemade explosives known as Molotov cocktails. Also, Dax had been involved in a 2012 incident in which he fired his weapon at law enforcement.
Officers evacuated the neighborhood and attempted to serve the warrants. One officer was hit by a bullet and suffered non-life threatening injuries.
After the shootout, officers were able to take Dax into custody. During a search of the home, officers found bottles of gasoline and a 9mm handgun from the attic.
In addition to the attempted homicide charges, Dax is charged with Terrorist Threats, Recklessly Endangering Safety, Battery to Law Enforcement Officer, Possession of Explosives for Unlawful Purpose, and Possession of a Firearm – Person Involuntarily Committed and Subject to Court Order.