SPOKANE—The ATF investigated a home near Crestline and Empire in Northeast Spokane Wednesday night.
Wednesday, U.S. Marshalls, the Spokane Bomb Disposal Unit, Spokane Police and The Sheriff's Office were all on scene. We're told they came to assist the ATF in an investigation on the home occupant Donna Perry.
Federal agents suspected the woman who lived here illegally possessed guns and ammunition.
Neighbors thought animal protection officers were back at this home on East Empire to take away more cats. Spokanimal tells us last summer officers removed several dozen cats off the property.
According to federal court documents, Monday last week a retired Spokane detective observed Perry purchase ammunition and a pistol magazine at the white elephant store in Spokane valley.
Courts papers say the retiree was aware Perry has a criminal past, and was prohibited from having firearms.
Records also showed she had prior federal convictions for possession of pipe bombs and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
The ATF was contacted, but according to court documents agents had to verify Perry’s identity, because Perry changed gender from male to female 12 years ago.
Charging documents say she had been going to the white elephant store once or twice a month for many years purchasing firearms accessories and ammunition.
Perry was arrested Wednesday and the ATF raided her home to gather evidence.
Spokanimal removed nine cats from the home.
Perry is due in federal court Friday for illegal possession of firearm charges.