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Identity Of Car Theft Shooter Is Released

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Court documents identify the Spokane man who shot and killed an alleged car thief Monday as 56-year-old Gail Herbert Gerlach. 

Court documents reveal that Gerlach told authorities he saw his car being driven away and fired at the vehicle. The bullet struck 25-year-old Brendon Kaluza-Graham in the head. 

Gerlach has not been charged with a crime, but if the shooting is found to be unjustified he could be charged with murder or manslaughter. 

Court records say Gerlach told investigators he saw Kaluza-Graham raise his arm, saw what he thought was a gun and thought he was going to be shot. So he took his gun and shot one time. Kaluza-Graham was found dead inside the vehicle, two blocks from where it was stolen.

 Police found no gun in the vehicle.

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