Flathead Region

Mar 4, 2011 5:52 PM by Dax VanFossen (Kalispell)

Man shot in Kalispell drug deal given probation

Bryan Keith Schloss, who was shot several times after attempting to steal cocaine from a man in Kalispell, has been given a five-year suspended sentence in Flathead District Court.

Schloss pleaded guilty to accountability to criminal possession of dangerous drugs as part of a plea deal, while another charge of attempted robbery was dropped.

Schloss was one of three people charged with felonies following a drug deal gone wrong in December of 2009.

Schloss was shot four times during the robbery by 23-year old David Palumbo, who was later arrested in Washington State.


(January 28, 2010) A Washington State man says he's not guilty of shooting a Kalispell man in what police believe was an attempted drug robbery gone wrong.

David Palumbo, 23, was arrested in December for shooting 26-year-old Bryan Schloss. Police say Palumbo was in a car dealing drugs to Schloss and his friend Bo Hangar, when they tried to rob him.

Palumbo pulled out his gun and fired at Schloss four times, hitting him in the jaw and stomach. Schloss then fired back with a pistol, but missed. That's when Palumbo ran off, and Hangar took his hurt friend to Kalispell Regional Medical Center and drove away.

Schloss has since recovered and hasn't been charged with anything in connection with the incident as of yet. Meanwhile, the driver of the car, Hanger, is awaiting his trial after pleading not guilty to robbery and tampering with evidence.

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