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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.

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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.

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

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devin.kelly@latimes.com

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