Local

Police: Gun Used In Lengthy Trenton Hostage Situation Was Fake

View Comments

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up


TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say the gun used in the 37-hour standoff between Trenton police and a man holding three children and two dead bodies was fake.

State Police Lt. Stephen Jones says hostage-taker Gerald Tyrone Murphy had a replica semi-automatic handgun. Jones says that doesn’t change the way officers responded.

Jones says Murphy was also holding a large kitchen knife and other knives were found on the scene.

Police were called to the home May 10 after a relative of a victim had not heard from her for weeks.

Police found the body of Carmenlita Steven and her 12-year-old son Quavon when they entered the home. They retreated when Murphy threatened he had a gun and explosives.

The two had been dead almost three weeks.

No explosives were found.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Content On CBSPhilly

View Comments
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 33,339 other followers