BURLINGAME, Kan. – A man sought for questioning in the shooting deaths of three people was arrested Sunday morning in eastern Kansas.
Authorities would not say how James Kahler, 46, was connected to the three who were killed and a fourth person who was wounded in the attack Saturday evening.
A man with the same name and year of birth was scheduled for trial Wednesday in Columbia, Mo., on a domestic assault charge that stemmed from an altercation with his wife in March.
The attorney in that case, Rusty Antel, said the couple was divorcing and his client had moved from Columbia to the Topeka area. Court records showed the couple had been sparring over their children, and a hearing was scheduled for January.
Ashley Anstaett, a spokeswoman for attorney generals’ office in Kansas, said the James Kahler who was arrested Sunday had lived in Columbia, but she was not immediately able to confirm that he was the person scheduled for trial in the domestic assault case.
The shooting was reported about 6 p.m. Saturday in Osage County, about 35 miles south of Topeka.
A Shawnee County deputy spotted a man and vehicle matching the shooter’s description about 40 minutes later, Shawnee County Sheriff’s deputy Brad Jones said. The man drove onto a private drive and fled on foot into a wooded area, he said.
Kahler was arrested nearly 12 hours later.
LeeAnn Smiley, a neighbor, said the owner of the house where the shooting happened was an elderly woman, Dorothy White, who had lived there for a long time.
Smiley said she had gone to buy groceries and wasn’t home when the shooting happened. It wasn’t clear whether White was among those injured.