$90,000 cash bond set for man shot by Oxford homeowner after alleged assault

Criminal complaints offer more details about Tuesday incident

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OXFORD — Criminal complaints offer more details on a North Liberty man’s alleged assault on two women in an Oxford home that led to him being shot by the homeowner.

Aaron D. Kahler, 39, appeared in court Thursday morning on charges of second-degree burglary, assault while participating in a felony, domestic assault — third or subsequent offense, third-degree criminal mischief and violating a no contact order. During the hearing, Judge Jason A. Burns set Kahler’s bond at $90,000 cash.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday Kahler had been taken into custody for an incident alleged to have occurred the night before at 2993 Chamber Ave. NW in Oxford. Kahler had been released at 2 p.m. Tuesday from the Johnson County Jail, where he was being held after previously violating a no contact order.

According to criminal complaints, Kahler called the protected party at some point on Tuesday and told her he needed to collect his belongings. Kahler then rode his bicycle to the Chamber Avenue residence, where the protected party was staying at the time, authorities said.

The sheriff’s office said Kahler entered the residence without permission to do so, went into the basement and confronted the protected party. Authorities said Kahler then began breaking things and screaming for his belongings.

The protected party went upstairs to show Kahler where his possessions were and he hit the woman across the face, police said. Another woman in the residence attempted to intervene and Kahler pushed her against a dishwasher and kicked the woman while she was on the ground, the complaints state.

The sheriff’s office said Kahler was removed from the residence by the homeowner, who was not identified by authorities. The homeowner told deputies that after throwing Kahler out of his home, he heard what he thought was a gunshot and his glass door shattered.

The homeowner then grabbed a shotgun and confronted Kahler, the sheriff’s office said. When Kahler allegedly made an “aggressive move” toward the homeowner, the homeowner shot the man in the leg with bird shot, authorities said.

Kahler was treated at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for his injuries before being taken back to the Johnson County Jail.

Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek said Wednesday that the incident was still under investigation, including whether the homeowner was justified in shooting Kahler.

Second-degree burglary is a Class C felony, third or subsequent offense domestic assault and assault while participating in a felony are both Class D felonies. If convicted of those offenses, Kahler could spend up to 20 years in prison.

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