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Federal officer facing charges in Calif. shooting

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) – A federal police officer is facing a murder charge in the shooting death of a colleague as the two fought with a group of people outside a Modesto bar.

The Modesto Bee reports (
http://bit.ly/RdA2T7) that a Stanislaus County judge set bail for Robert Anthony Moreno at $2.9 million Thursday and scheduled his arraignment for Oct. 24.

The 30-year-old Moreno _ a U.S. Department of Defense police officer _ is accused of pulling a gun during the July 22 fight and shooting fellow federal officer Daryl Chargualaf.

He and Chargualaf had apparently gotten into an argument with a group of people inside the bar that spilled into the parking lot.

Moreno’s attorney, Kirk McAllister, said his client fired the gun in self-defense and inadvertently struck the 34-year-old Chargualaf.

Moreno is also facing attempted murder and assault charges.

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