EAST PEORIA — The alleged killer of an East Peoria man last week had reportedly been fired from the business where the victim’s stepson worked, police said Tuesday.
Kenneth Ohler, 47, remained hospitalized and unable to tell detectives why he allegedly shot Michael Dixon, 60, before turning his handgun on himself in Dixon’s home last Thursday night.
Peoria County Circuit Court records, however, reveal that a man identified as Dixon’s stepson, Demetrio Preciado, obtained a no-stalking order against Ohler two days before Dixon was killed.
Preciado, 24, said Ohler had come into his office at 8017 N. Knoxville Ave., the address of Green Chevrolet, on Dec. 23 and “placed his hands around my neck,” according to his no-stalking order request.
The next day, Ohler sent “numerous” texts to Preciado, stating he planned to report a car dealership car as stolen and then kill himself, the request stated.
Preciado did not state why Ohler attacked him in his office. East Peoria police confirmed after the fatal shooting that a reported resident of Dixon’s home and Ohler had recently worked together. On Tuesday, a detective said Ohler reportedly had been fired from the dealership.
“We’ve heard some information about (a) firing, but it hasn’t been confirmed yet,” said Sgt. Brian Despines.
A top official at the dealership was not available Tuesday to comment on details of the case.
Despines said Ohler had lived in Peoria for about six months and recently had resided in New Mexico.
Detectives determined that Ohler came to Dixon’s home at 809 Springfield Road at about 6:30 p.m. seeking to “confront” a resident, apparently Preciado, whose home is listed in recent Tazewell County Circuit Court records as a Creve Coeur address.
Dixon’s wife and another resident were at his home when Ohler arrived, but Preciado was not. Shortly after he arrived, he allegedly shot Dixon and then himself in the chest with a handgun.
Dixon was pronounced dead at the scene. Ohler reportedly remained unconscious Tuesday at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. No formal charges have yet been filed against him.
Preciado’s no-stalking order against Ohler was considered temporary pending a court hearing set for Jan. 11.
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