The son of the creator of the PBS children's series "Barney & Friends" has reportedly been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
The Acorn, a news service that covers the California neighborhoods of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Oak Park and Westlake Village, reported that Patrick Leach had been arrested for attempted murder on Jan. 9.
After getting a call that gunshots were heard around 9:30 a.m. in a Malibu neighborhood, police found a 49-year-old with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. The alleged shooter, who had left in a black SUV, was later caught in Agoura Hills and arrested for attempted murder. Leach is being held on $500,000 bail.
TMZ first reported that Leach is the 27-year-old son of "Barney & Friends" creator Sheryl Leach.
The attempted murder is believed to have been the result of a "neighbor dispute," according to City News Service via L.A. Weekly. The victim was taken to UCLA Medical Center and is expected to survive.
Sheryl Leach has worked on the "Barney" series since it first aired in the '90s. She is credited with having worked as a producer on the 2012 video, "Barney: Clean Up, Clean Up!," on IMDb.
This is the second incident to rock the world of PBS in recent weeks.
Former "Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash, the man behind the beloved character Elmo, resigned in November amid sex abuse allegations claiming he had engaged in sexual relations with underage males. He has since been sued by four individuals.
UPDATE: The Malibu Times reports that Leach's bail was upped from $500,000 to $1 million, which was posted the day he was arrested.
“Look, he comes from big money, so he was able to post that kind of bail the same day he was arrested,” Lt. Matthew Squire of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff ’s Station told the Malibu Times. “But once he leaves the station, it’s out of our hands.”
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