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Bail set at $1.5 million for Willmar, Minn., man charged with attempted murder for shooting at cop

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Bail set at $1.5 million for Willmar, Minn., man charged with attempted murder for shooting at cop
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WILLMAR, Minn. -- A judge has set bail at $1.5 million for a 26-year-old Willmar man who is charged with first-degree attempted murder of a peace officer for allegedly shooting at a Willmar police officer.

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Leroy Diaz Evans also faces five first-degree burglary charges for two alleged home invasions that led up to the Wednesday evening shooting.

Evans made his first court appearance Monday

Also Monday, bail was set at $800,000 for Jesus Trevino, 33, and Arcadio Salinas Jr., 23, both of Willmar. Trevino faces one charge of aiding and abetting first-degree attempted murder of a peace officer and five first-degree burglary charges. Salinas and Adrian Salinas, 20, both face charges of aiding and abetting first-degree murder of a peace officer. Unconditional bail was set at $750,000 for Adrian Salinas. No conditional bail was set for any of the men.

Assistant Kandiyohi County Attorney Shane Baker requested $2 million bail for Evans and $1 million for each of the other three defendants during their hearings.

Judge Donald M. Spilseth reviewed Evans' criminal history, which includes five executed prison sentences for assault and riot in the past eight years.

"(You) have a history of extreme violence," Spilseth said before setting the bail. "I have no alternative but to set a high bail to protect public safety."

Each of the four defendants faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted of the charge of first-degree attempted murder of a police officer.

The West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minn., is owned by Forum Communications Co.

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Pioneer staff reports
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