North Liberty man shot after police say he entered home, assaulted women

Suspect had no contact order with one of alleged victims

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OXFORD — A North Liberty man was shot by a homeowner in Oxford after entering a residence and assaulting two women inside, police said.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the Joint Emergency Communication Center received a 911 call at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday from 2993 Chamber Ave. NW in Oxford. The caller told dispatchers a subject, later identified as 39-year-old Aaron D. Kahler, had entered the home and assaulted two women inside.

Kahler had been released from the Johnson County Jail at 2 p.m. on Tuesday for a violation of a no contact order. He went to the Oxford residence to confront the protected party, according to the sheriff’s office.

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

Authorities said the homeowner then armed himself with a shotgun and confronted Kahler. When Kahler made an “aggressive move” toward the homeowner, the homeowner shot the man in the leg with bird shot, police said.

Kahler was taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he was treated for his injuries. After his release. Kahler was taken to the Johnson County Jail on charges of assault while participating in a felony, second-degree burglary, domestic assault — third and subsequent offense, and violation of a no contact order.

Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek said the incident remains under investigation, including whether Kahler was armed and shot out the glass door. Pulkrabek said he was not aware of a firearm being seized in the investigation.

“We’re still checking on that to see if he actually fired it or threw a rock at it or put something else through it,” he said. “The complainant told us he thought it was a gun shot.”

The homeowner who shot Kahler has not been charged, but Pulkrabek said investigators are working to verify the homeowner’s version of the events.

“You can’t shoot someone just to shoot them,” he said. “(Kahler) did threaten him and already assaulted the women, so it appears he may have been protecting himself, the women and the property.”

Kahler has an extensive criminal record in Iowa, with convictions for possession of a controlled substance, theft and criminal mischief. In June, he was arrested on charges of domestic assault and violating a non-contact order. In February, he was arrested on charges of interference with official acts causing bodily injury and possession of a controlled substance.

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

Kahler is scheduled to make an initial appearance Thursday morning.

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