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Man Arrested After Standoff With Police On South Coast; Officer Barely Escapes Being Hit By Gunshot

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A Ventura County man has been arrested on an attempted murder charge following a tense standoff which included a shot being fired which narrowly missed a police officer. 

It started at around 8:30 Sunday night, when Oxnard Police were called to a Vineyard Avenue apartment about a possible crime.  But, when they arrived on scene a man in the apartment refused to open the door.  The officers then learned he might be armed. 

Crisis team negotiators and a SWAT team were called.  Negotiators learned there were also some people who had locked themselves in a bedroom.  They say Michael Balam threatened the people in the apartment, and the officers.

After about three hours, the 42-year-old man fired a shot through the apartment’s front door which narrowly missed a SWAT officer.   Police then forced their way into the apartment, and safely rescued four people as well as capturing Balam unharmed.