Fake gun used in Trenton hostage standoff, police say

May 17, 2013 4:12:03 PM PDT
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.