Crime

Fake Handgun in 37-Hour Standoff Involving Three Children, Two Dead Bodies

Man allegedy killed a woman and her 12-year-old son three weeks ago

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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.

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