‘Gun-toting’ man charged with 2 murders after livestream ends in 8-hour standoff

A man has been charged with murdering two women after allegedly live-streaming himself holding a gun from a veteran's apartment complex.

Raymond Michael Weber, 29 and from Sacramento, California, has been booked into Solano County Jail on a double murder charge after the incident.

Officers raided the apartment in Vacaville, around 55 miles north-east of San Francisco, California, at about 8.30am on Saturday after a more than seven-hour stand-off and found the two dead women.

Vacaville Police Department originally said the man had been arrested on an outstanding warrant for various offences including domestic battery and assault with a deadly weapon, according to Fox 2 KTVU.

However an update on the Vacaville PD's Facebook page later revealed he had been charged with both murders.

Specialist negotiators had unsuccessfully tried to get the man to give himself up since before 1am, at the Rocky Hills Veterans Apartments complex in the city.

A woman called police to report a man was livestreaming himself on social media from inside the apartment.

The video showed the man carrying a handgun and two women lying on the floor, motionless.

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When officers arrived on scene, they found the suspect had barricaded himself inside the apartment and nearby residents were evacuated as a precaution.

A SWAT Team and Critical Incident Negotiation Team were called to the scene and negotiations were attempted but the suspect didn't respond. The SWAT team then deployed "distraction devices and chemical agents" to force the suspect to surrender.

Eventually, officers entered the apartment and found Weber hiding inside.

After a brief struggle, during which an officer discharged a taser, he was taken into custody at approximately 8:32am.

A video posted as a live-stream of the incident remained on Youtube for nearly 15 hours until the social media company finally removed it on Saturday evening. As of 7.30pm it had been viewed more than 44,000 times.

The women's identities are being withheld pending contact with their next-of-kin, said police.

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