Trenton Hostage Standoff Ends, 3 Kids Safe

Gunman reportedly in custody

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 12, 2013 6:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – A standoff with an armed man who took multiple hostages inside a Trenton home has ended and three children are safe, police said early today. "The Trenton hostage situation is resolved, the three children are safe, and the area is secure," a state police spokesman said. He said the standoff ended at 3:45am, but refused to reveal any more about the standoff, including how it ended, what became of the gunman, any information about the children, and if there were any other hostages. The Trenton Times reports that the gunman's girlfriend and one of her five children had been killed and that the gunman is in custody; more details are forthcoming at a press conference later today.

The man, whose identity has not been released, had been holed-up in a two-story red brick house in South Trenton, authorities said. The standoff began Friday afternoon. During the standoff, police declined to give any details on the number of people being held, their ages or relationship to the armed man. Earlier, another state police spokesman had described the standoff as an "ongoing, tense situation" and said police were working to "bring this to a peaceful end." Yesterday, family members of a woman they said was among the hostages grew angry, with some going under police tape and confronting officers. "Do something! Do something!" screamed a man who said he was the woman's nephew. "Make something happen!"

Police crime scene tape in this file photo. Police in Trenton say a three-day-old hostage situation has ended with the gunman in custody.
Police crime scene tape in this file photo. Police in Trenton say a three-day-old hostage situation has ended with the gunman in custody.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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