Man killed in 23rd Ave E police shooting identified


The service for Leonid Kalyuzhnyy was held Monday at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral on Capitol Hill (Photo: Bryan Cohen)

The 51-year-old man who was shot and killed by Seattle Police November 29th has been identified as Leonid Kalyuzhnyy. Kalyuzhnyy, known to friends as Len or Lenny, died from a single gunshot wound to the chest, officials said.

A memorial service was held for Kalyuzhnyy Monday at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Capitol Hill. Several people close to Kalyuzhnyy have told CHS that he was from Russia and had served as a police officer or in the KGB, Soviet Russia’s secret police and counterintelligence agency.

East Precinct Officer Brad Devore shot Kalyuzhnyy early November 29th after Kalyuzhnyy allegedly fired a shot from a window of his 23rd and John apartment building. Neighbors told CHS that Kalyuzhnyy may have become aggravated over a money dispute. Devore is on paid administrative leave per department policy and a county inquest into the incident will likely follow.

Prior to moving into the Elizabeth James House, a Capitol Hill Housing building for elderly and disabled residents, Kalyuzhnyy lived on a sailboat moored at the Parkshore Marina near Rainier Beach. Bill Crawford, a friend who lived next to Kalyuzhnyy at the marina, told CHS Kalyuzhnyy had firearms training but never brandished firearms in public.

“It was out of character, he never ever behaved like that,” Crawford said. “He helped people a lot on the marina, doing carpentry work.”

Crawford said Kalyuzhnyy never discussed his law enforcement past in detail but said he was never aggressive in the time he knew him.

Tracie Mohnkern, who told CHS she started dating Kalyuzhnyy in July, said the man liked to spend his free time on his son’s boat and barbecuing near Lake Washington.

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