Deadly vehicle theft shooting uncovers suspect’s criminal past

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 26 at 5:50 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Court documents show that a man killed during an alleged SUV theft had an extensive criminal past.

The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office identified the man as Brendon T. Kaluza-Graham, 25, on Tuesday. The Medical Examiner confirmed that Kaluza-Graham died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Officers said the owner of the SUV admitted to shooting Kaluza-Graham on Monday morning near the 1400 block of N. Lee. The admitted shooter is the owner of the SUV according to police. Police have not release the name of the person who fired the weapon.
 
Court documents showed that Kaluza-Graham was arrested several times. He was previously charged with multiple counts of possession of stolen vehicle. He's been convicted of taking cars without permission and has also been caught with shaved keys and other tools used to steal cars.

Kaluza-Graham was also charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer in 2012 according to court paperwork. Documents detailed the incident which led to the charge. Investigators said that police officers ran after Kaluza-Graham during an arrest attempt. Officers claimed that he reached into his belt for a folding knife during the chase.

Investigators said that Kaluza-Graham was found with a knife when arrested on two separate occasions. Court documents say in one incident he was being pursued by deputies when he reacger back and tried to pull out a folding knife.

Detectives are investigating the shooting which killed Kaluza-Graham. Their case will forward the case to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office once their investigation is complete.

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