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Sources Say 2 Dead As Standoff Situation In Trenton Continues

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TRENTON, N.J., (CBS/AP) – Sources tell Eyewitness News two people are dead, a woman and a child, inside of an apartment where a hostage situation and standoff continues in Trenton, New Jersey.

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office says negotiations are being conducted. State police Lt. Stephen Jones called the standoff an “ongoing, tense situation” and said police were working to “bring this to a peaceful end.”

The incident began at about 4 p.m. Friday at an apartment building in the 200 block of Grand Street and continued into Saturday.

Police say they received a call requesting that they check on the well being of those inside the home.

The Prosecutor’s Office confirms there is a barricaded person at the home and there are believed to be multiple hostages.

Sources tell Eyewitness News the hostages include children, including two teenagers and possibly a toddler, and upon arrival police found a woman dead, possibly for a few days, and a teen dead. Witnesses say the victim is the suspect’s wife or girlfriend.

Late Saturday afternoon, several men crossed the crime scene to confront police, for answers. Off camera they say they’re related to the man holding people hostage.

Police say they found the suspect, identified as “Skip” by a friend, with a gun and have been negotiating with him all night. They also gave him a meal upon his request.

Chopper 3 HD was over the scene as police responded to the incident. Swat teams could be seen going in and out of the building.

Trenton police Lt. Stephen Varn said police continued to negotiate with the man Saturday and had a robot on scene ready to enter the home. State Police Sgt. Adam Grossman said an arson bomb unit was also on the scene.

Police continue to keep the public at bay while telling reporters, they’re hoping active negotiations will bring this standoff to a peaceful end.

Stay with CBSPhilly.com for the latest information on this developing story…

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