Fake gun used in Trenton hostage standoff, police say
TRENTON, N.J. - May 13, 2013 (WPVI) -- Authorities say the gun used in a 37-hour standoff, between New Jersey 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 also was holding a large kitchen knife and other knives were found.
Police were called to the Trenton home May 10 after a relative of a victim reported not hearing 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 said he had a gun and explosives. The two had been dead almost three weeks.
No explosives were found.
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