NJ Hostage Situation Is Over, Suspect Dead

Gerald Murphy (Mercer County prosecutor's office in Trenton)
Gerald Murphy (Mercer County prosecutor's office in Trenton)

A two-day hostage situation is over, after police rescued three children being held in a Trenton, N.J., home by Gerald Murphy, according to the Associated Press. Police found the bodies of Murphy's girlfriend and her teenage son.

[The police] found 38-year-old Gerald Tyrone Murphy in an upstairs bedroom, and he told them he was armed with a gun and explosives and had three children with him, authorities said. Officers retreated from the second floor and rescued a 19-year-old man from the basement, who said he hadn't seen his mother or siblings since about April 24.

Homes on the surrounding block were evacuated as a precaution, and police tape cordoned off the street in front of the house. A SWAT team was called, and an arson bomb unit was also on the scene. Police said Murphy could be seen from a window holding a black handgun.

The standoff ended at about 3:45 a.m. Sunday, 37 hours after it began, when officers stormed the house and shot Murphy because he was threatening one of the children, authorities said. Murphy was taken into custody and later died of his injuries.


Read more at the Associated Press.

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