Woman, child are killed in Trenton, leading to standoff with barricaded suspect holding kids hostage

Trenton police standoff with barricaded suspectNJ.com – by Alex Zdan/The Times

TRENTON — A Trenton man barricaded in a home in South Trenton has killed his wife and police believe he has killed one of the couple’s children, according to two law enforcement sources familiar with the details of the investigation.

A small army of police are on the 200 block of Grand Street, where the man is barricaded. The man is talking to city and State Police negotiators who are trying to get him to leave the house peacefully, Mercer County First Assistant Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said.  

Around 3:30 pm, Trenton police were called to the home for a well-being check, the two law enforcement sources said. When the officers entered the home, they discovered the partially decomposed body of the man’s wife, the sources said.

After the man brandished a handgun and the officials pulled back, police realized they were dealing with a hostage situation, with the father holding his children, the sources said.

Residents living nearby said the couple moved in two months ago and has four children. One of them is believed to have been killed by the father during the standoff, the sources said. Two or three of the children remain inside.

A state police spokesman said the agency’s TEAMS (SWAT unit), crisis negotiators and various specialized units are on the scene.

Among those at the scene was resident Ray Kelly, who said his cousin was the woman who was killed. Also present are Trenton Police Director Ralph Rivera, city Business Administrator Sam Hutchinson and Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph Bocchini.


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