Armed man takes hostages in Trenton in standoff with police

A state police SWAT team member readies a robot to enter a home where a man had barricaded himself in Trenton, N.J.
(Scott Ketterer / Associated Press)

An armed man remained locked in a standoff Saturday with police negotiators in New Jersey in what authorities have described as a multiple-hostage situation.

The suspect has been barricaded in a house in Trenton’s South Ward neighborhood since Friday afternoon. Officers went to the house about 2:30 p.m. after a family member requested a wellness check, Sgt. Robert Carrier of the Trenton Police Department told the Los Angeles Times.

He confirmed that at least one person was dead in the house.

Police went into the house and found a man brandishing a weapon, saying he had hostages, Carrier said. “It’s been a standoff ever since,” he said.


He declined to confirm the exact number of hostages or provide details on their identities. Local news media were reporting that the situation involved a woman and as many as four children.

Once police retreated, a SWAT team was called in. Negotiators from federal, state and local agencies were also at the scene trying to talk the man out of the house.

“We’re hoping it comes to a peaceful conclusion,” Carrier said.


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