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Police: Man shot at co-workers

He's arrested after allegedly firing a rifle at two people at country club.

August 25, 2010|By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com

Police arrested a 45-year-old California City man Monday night after he allegedly shot at two co-workers with a rifle at the Chevy Chase Country Club.

The man, David Chavez, remained in custody Tuesday in lieu of $2-million bail after Glendale police arrested him on suspicion of attempted murder.

Chavez allegedly fired twice but missed after a heated argument with the two co-workers, who were in a yard house on the property that is used as a temporary living area for some golf course employees, said Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

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"Alcohol may have played a role," Lorenz said.

Representatives for the Chevy Chase Country Club could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

The two workers, whom police did not identify, were employed by the golf course as a maintenance worker and a cook.

After allegedly firing the .22-caliber rifle, Lorenz said Chavez fled, possibly by driving a maintenance cart.

Glendale police dispatched a helicopter and police dog to the scene after receiving a 911 call about 9 p.m. Monday that a man had a gun, and that shots had been fired.

An hour after the search began, police found Chavez when he returned to the house without the weapon or cart. The police dog tracked his path and discovered the rifle at the bottom of the creek in a drainage area.

The maintenance cart was found 50 yards north of the rifle, and it had apparently crashed, Lorenz said.

Police recovered the bullet casings and additional ammunition at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing, but Chavez was scheduled to appear Thursday in a Los Angeles County Superior Courthouse in Glendale.

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