Cops: Gunman, 2 Others Dead in NJ Standoff
Gunman dies in custody; mom, 13-year-old found inside house
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 12, 2013 10:02 AM CDT
Police crime scene tape in this file photo. Police in Trenton say a three-day-old hostage situation has ended with the gunman's death.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

(Newser) – The bodies of a woman and a 13-year-old boy were found at the Trenton home where a dayslong standoff ended today with police shooting a man suspected of holding three children hostage, authorities said today. The standoff began Friday afternoon when police looking for children that hadn't been in school in 12 days found an armed 38-year-old Gerald Tyrone Murphy. Police retreated, rescuing a 19-year-old man who said he hadn't seen his mother or sisters since about April 24.

The standoff ended at 3:45am today, 37 hours after it began, when officers stormed the house and shot Murphy because he was threatening one of the children. Murphy was taken into custody and later died of his injuries. Authorities found the body of a woman and a 13-year-old boy inside the home. The woman's body was in an advanced state of decomposition, and police said she appeared to have died two weeks ago. Three of her children—an 18-year-old woman, a 16-year-old girl, and a 4-year-old boy—were rescued. Police said Murphy was a registered sex offender with a long criminal history.

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Gemini528
May 12, 2013 5:35 PM CDT
Getting tired of all the idiots that blame the NRA for every shooting that takes place in the world. People have been getting shot with guns since they were invented, long before the NRA even existed. Whenever a Pitbull, Rotteweiler, German Shepard or any dog for that matter bites or kills someone lets blame the AKC( American Kennel Club). Whenever a drunk driver causes a horrific traffic accident in which there are multiple deaths lets blame the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles). Get The F#€K Outta Here!! SMH
Smitty6398
May 12, 2013 4:46 PM CDT
A REALLY BAD Mother's Day courtesy of the criminal; Gerald Tyrone Murphy. A long and distinguised career of sexual crimes, and the Justice System has him back out on the streets. Thank goodness the system won't get another chance to endanger more of it's citizens.
sonofabeach
May 12, 2013 10:05 AM CDT
Happy Mother's Day from the NRA!