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Juvenile Detention Officer Accused Of Shooting Man Outside Covina Bar

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COVINA (CBSLA.com) — Bail was set at $1 million for a Los Angeles County Probation Department detention officer accused of shooting a man after an argument at a Covina bar.

Michael Sanchez, 53, of Ontario, was arrested Sunday and booked on suspicion of attempted murder, Covina police Sgt. Ray Marquez said.

Sanchez was taken into custody when he arrived for work at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey, where he was employed as a senior detention services officer, Marquez said.

Sanchez has been placed on administrative leave, and his county-assigned equipment was taken away from him. A search warrant was also served at his home, police said.

The shooting happened about 12:35 a.m. on Aug. 26 after Sanchez and another man argued inside Katie Jakes Bar & Grill, 750 S. Terrado Plaza.

“Both parties were escorted out of the bar, where the suspect fired a handgun, (wounding) the victim in the upper torso,” Marquez said.

The wounded man was recovering, Marquez said. His name was not released.

After the shooting, police released security video that showed Sanchez and a woman inside the bar and led to their identification and his arrest, Marquez said. The woman was not believed involved in the crime, he said.

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