UPDATE: Prosecutors Now Reviewing Case Of Man Shot, Killed While - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

UPDATE: Prosecutors Now Reviewing Case Of Man Shot, Killed While Stealing Car

Posted: Updated:

SPOKANE, Wash – The Spokane County Prosecutor's Office is now officially beginning to review the case surrounding the shooting death of a man who was stealing a car in North Spokane.

It was late March when Gail Gerlach left his SUV running in his N. Lee driveway, and came back to find a man, later identified as Brendan Kaluza-Graham, in the driver's seat backing it away.  Gerlach called police, and reported he thought Kaluza-Graham had a gun and was going to shoot.  Gerlach fired one shot, hitting Kaluza-Graham in the head, killing him.

Kaluza-Graham was later found to be un-armed.

In the days and weeks that followed, there was an impassioned outcry from the community on both sides.  Some people believe Gerlach acted in self-defense and has the right to protect his property.  Others say someone should be held accountable for the shooting death of an un-armed man.

Up until this point, Spokane Police were waiting on one final piece of the investigation – the ballistics report.  That has now been completed, and the entire case is under review, including the police interview with Gail Gerlach, other witness statements, evidence collected at the scene, photos and video from the scene, and the medical examiner's report.

Police were investigating the scene as second-degree murder; however, the prosecutor's office can decide on a lesser charge, or none at all.

A decision is expected to be reached this week or next.

  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Overcrowding issues

    Overcrowding issues

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:22 AM EDT2014-08-20 04:22:25 GMT
    It's an issue many counties are dealing with, overcrowding in the jails. And it's an issue the Kootenai county commissioners say they've been trying to correct over the years with bond elections. "we have a chronic problem with overcrowding. In 2013, we spent more than 900 thousand dollars to send inmates out of county to find housing," said county commissioner Dan Green.  More >>
    It's an issue many counties are dealing with, overcrowding in the jails. And it's an issue the Kootenai county commissioners say they've been trying to correct over the years with bond elections. "we have a chronic problem with overcrowding. In 2013, we spent more than 900 thousand dollars to send inmates out of county to find housing," said county commissioner Dan Green.  More >>
  • Owl flies into 10th story apartment, kills canary

    Owl flies into 10th story apartment, kills canary

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:03:02 GMT
    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A Coeur d'Alene couple says an owl flew into their 10th story apartment, opened up their bird cage, and killed one of their canaries.More >>
    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A Coeur d'Alene couple says an owl flew into their 10th story apartment, opened up their bird cage, and killed one of their canaries. The owner told local media that she woke up on Sunday and found bird droppings and feathers all over her apartment. She said she also saw a 6-to-8 inch owl behind a chest of drawers. More >>
  • Liberty Lake residents angered by McMorris Rodgers mailer

    Liberty Lake residents angered by McMorris Rodgers mailer

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:27:15 GMT
    LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. - Two Liberty Lake residents are upset with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers after they received a mailer about senior healthcare cutbacks that prominently featured a photograph of a deceased friend. More >>
    LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. - Two Liberty Lake residents are upset with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers after they received a mailer about senior healthcare cutbacks that prominently featured a photograph of a deceased friend. Tim and Bette Brattebo received the mailer last week, which shows Maxine Davidson, a friend of theirs that passed away in January 2013. 
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KHQ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.