Des Moines Police say no charges likely in fatal shooting
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines authorities don’t expect to file any charges in connection with this weekend’s fatal shooting because the victim was violating a court protection order and assaulting a man.
Police said 32-year-old Joshua James Wheeler died after the Saturday night shooting. Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek says prosecutors determined the shooting was done in self-defense.
The shooting took place in the doorway of the home of a woman who is a former domestic partner of Wheeler’s.
Police said the incident started after the 25-year-old woman and a 27-year-old male friend of hers discovered that a tire on the man’s car had been slashed. Wheeler arrived and assaulted the man, who warned that he was carrying a gun.
Police said the man had a permit for the gun.