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Burglary suspect involved in Spokane shooting has 24 prior felony convictions

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39-year-old Cephas Parham's mugshot from a prior arrest 39-year-old Cephas Parham's mugshot from a prior arrest
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A burglary suspect Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub called a "chronic offender" was taken into custody Monday morning after being involved in a fight and shooting with a Spokane Police Officer. 

Chief Straub said officers were called to the Peking North restaurant in north Spokane just before 7;30 a.m. for a report of a burglary in progress. Straub said the responding officer heard something coming from inside the restaurant, cleared away the owners who were in the process of opening up, and went inside. The suspect, 39-year-old Cephas W. Parham, saw the officer and ran away. 

Chief Straub said during the pursuit, the Parham pulled out a "very realistic" looking firearm. Straub says the officer gave multiple commands to drop the item, but Parham refused and shots were fired. Parham was not hit, but an "aggressive fight" ensued with the officer, a TASER was deployed, and the Parham was eventually taken into custody. 

Chief Straub said Parham has an extensive criminal history and said he "is an individual who should not be on the streets."

A search of Parham's criminal history revealed he has 24 felony convictions dating back to 1990. His convictions include multiple counts of burglary and theft,escape, harming a police dog, and vehicular homicide. 

Parham's most recent arrest came back in October 2014 when he was involved in a pursuit with Spokane County Deputies while driving a stolen car. 

Parham was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries received during the fight, and will then be booked into the Spokane County Jail for felony charges of 1st Degree Burglary, and 2nd Degree Assault.

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