Allegedly Armed Man, 72, Barricaded in Simi Valley Home; Neighbors Evacuated

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The intersection of Latham and Gage streets in Simi Valley is pictured. (Credit: Google Maps)

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A 72-year-old man who was allegedly armed with a handgun was barricaded in a Simi Valley home after police said he attacked a relative with a baseball bat on Sunday.

Police responded to a report of a “weapon in progress” around 3:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of Latham Street, a Simi Valley Police Department news release stated.

The man, identified by police as Raymond Williams, allegedly assaulted his 50-year-old nephew with a baseball bat before brandishing the handgun. Police initially stated Williams was 70, but later said he was 72.

The nephew sustained minor injuries, and the gun was not discharged, police said.

The altercation began inside a home and progressed outside, the news release stated.

The 72-year-old then re-entered the home and barricaded himself inside.

Police said the scene was no longer active as of 10:20 p.m., but additional details were not provided.

Simi Valley SWAT and Crisis Negotiation officers were deployed to the residence in an attempt to make contact with the man earlier in the day.

Neighbors immediately surrounding the home were also evacuated and temporarily relocated. The American Red Cross assisted in their relocation, and it was not clear if they were allowed to return home as of Sunday night.

The incident occurred near Atherwood Park and less than a mile from Atherwood Elementary School, Google Maps showed.

KTLA’s Stephen Acosta contributed to this report.

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