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

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.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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