TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – The tense 3-day hostage standoff with an armed suspect in Trenton, N.J. has been resolved and the gunman is dead.
Authorities said at a news conference Sunday that officers stormed the house and shot the suspect, 38-year-old Gerald Tyrone Murphy.
“Preliminary information from the investigation now being conducted indicates that following our entry, a single shot was fired by our entry team to stop a threatening action against one of the children by Murphy. Murphy was wounded, taken into custody and transported to the Fuld Medical Center by Trenton EMS. He has since died of his injuries,” Trenton Police Col. Rick Fuentes said at a news conference.
Fuentes explained at the news conference why officers moved in when they did.
“We did have evidence that there was a deteriorating state of mind here on the part of the subject and we felt that within the next 24 hours, he was going to take some kind of an action and we needed to interrupt that,” Fuentes said.