A man who allegedly shot at two people in Coachella when they confronted his friend regarding an auto accident pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges Monday.

Juan Manuel Navarro, 30, of Coachella, is accused of shooting at two men last summer, after the men followed his acquaintance from the scene of a car crash to Navarro’s home.

An arrest warrant declaration alleges that the victims’ pickup truck was rear-ended while they were stopped at Harrison Street and Bagdad Avenue. The victims then followed the car to Navarro’s home, where one of the victims “got into a physical altercation” with the driver of the car, as well as Navarro, described in court documents as the driver’s friend.

Navarro then allegedly shot at the men while they were trying to call police. The men were not struck by the gunfire, but two bullet holes were found on their truck, the declaration states.

Navarro told investigators that he fired at the vehicle to get the men to leave, as they were engaged in a fight outside his home and refused to leave.

“He said his intention was not to shoot at them, but to scare them away,” the declaration states.

Navarro was transported from an Imperial County jail to the Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta last Thursday, county jail records show.

He’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail and is slated to return to court Jan. 4 for a felony settlement conference.

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