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Retired police officer, son arrested after domestic dispute and SWAT standoff

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A retired police officer and his son were arrested Saturday after an eight-hour SWAT standoff at a Fayetteville apartment complex.

John Meron Simon, III, of 67 was charged with aggravated assault-family violence and obstruction, according to Fayetteville police. His son, John Meron Simon, IV, 36, of Detroit, MI, was charged with aggravated assault, police spokesman Lt. Mike Whitlow said.

About 11:35 p.m., officers responded to the Weatherly Walk apartment complex at 100 Knight Way, after getting a report of a domestic dispute in apartment 1708, Whitlow said. Witnesses reported that shots had been fired during the dispute, but no one was shot. Still, a woman was injured during the fight, police said.

Investigators later learned that Simon III, his son and his son’s wife had gotten into some kind of dispute inside Simon’s unit after the couple had shown up at the father’s apartment for a visit.

The wife, who has not been identified, was injured during a physical scuffle with the father, police said. Simon IV fired three shots inside the apartment to try to end the argument, according to media reports.

Simon IV and his wife left the apartment, went to a relative’s home in Fayetteville and called 911, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Simon III remained in the apartment and when officers tried to question him, he refused to exit the apartment and barricaded himself inside, Whitlow said. Officers then received information that Simon is a retired police officer and that he had several weapons inside the apartment, Whitlow said.

Fayetteville officers surrounded the residence, evacuated nearby residents and activated the Fayetteville/Peachtree City Special Response Team, he said. Negotiators spoke to Simon by telephone throughout the early morning hours the retired officer eventually surrendered around 8 a.m., Whitlow said.

Father and son were being held in the Fayette County jail Saturday. Police are still investigating the incident.