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Man flees from deputies, fires shots at them

MEAD, Wash. - UPDATE: Mark Perry made his first appearance Thursday for firing at a pursuing deputy. He's facing a number of charges, including attempted 2nd degree murder. Perry's bond has been set at $350,000.

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An early morning deputy pursuit led to the arrest of 45-year-old Mark Perry Wednesday.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office said they were attempting to pull Perry over near 1st. Ave and Market St. after learning that Perry had an active felon warrant from running a check of his license plate.

Perry tried to flee by car, and the deputy heard two gunshots and saw debris flying from the rear window of Perry's car. Perry crashed his car at the intersection of Day Mt. Spokane Rd. and Freya and fled on foot.

A K-9 unit was able to track him down and arrest him. No deputies were injured.

Perry admitted he was armed with a gun when he ran from his car. He said that when deputies were searching for him, he dropped his handgun in the creek bottom as he tried to avoid capture.

Because the area was so close to Meadow Ridge Elementary School, deputies were determined to locate the pistol, which they eventually found.

Perry was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Attempted Murder 2nd Degree, Attempting to Elude a Law Enforcement Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree (2 counts), Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine and a felony Washington State Department of Corrections warrant.


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