- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles SWAT officers responding to reports of a homicide found an 84-year-old man and a 69-year-old woman dead inside a home in Sylmar.

Officer Mike Lopez says police responded Monday afternoon after someone called from inside the home.

Lopez says officers could not reach the person who had called and had difficulty approaching the home. SWAT officers were summoned and some neighboring homes were evacuated while they surrounded the house.

Officers eventually entered the residence and found the two bodies around 9 p.m.

The coroner’s office identified them as 84-year-old Rubin Witterman and 69-year-old Mercedes Witterman of Sylmar.

Police haven’t commented on the causes of death and declined to say if the case is being investigated as a murder-suicide.


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