A convicted felon has been arrested for attempted murder after allegedly firing a gun at a pursuing deputy early Wednesday.
A deputy spotted a black Lexus near the 10000 block of North Market just after 1 a.m. and learned that the registered owner, Mark C. Perry, had a felony Department of Corrections warrant out for his arrest. When he attempted to pull Perry over, Perry fled northbound at speeds up to 75 mph.
The deputy reported hearing two gunshots during the chase and said he saw debris flying from the rear window of the Lexus, according to a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office news release.
The deputy continued following at a distance. At the intersection of Day Mt. Spokane Road and Freya, Perry crashed his vehicle and fled on foot. Deputies searched the area and found Perry hiding in some bushes in the 3100 block of East Meadowcreek Lane.
Perry told deputies that he ran from his car with a handgun, which he dropped in a creek during his flight. Since he was found hiding close to Meadow Ridge Elementary School, an explosives K9 was called in to search for the gun. A loaded .357 revolver was recovered.
Investigators also found a loaded and cocked 9mm semi-automatic pistol in Perry’s car, along with his wallet and a baggie of what appeared to be methamphetamine.
Perry has prior felony convictions for robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm, theft and possession of stolen property. He was booked into the Spokane County Jail on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder, attempting to elude law enforcement, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.
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