Police: Gun used in NJ hostage standoff was fake

May 17, 2013
Gerald "Skip" Murphy,  38,  is seen in this photograph provided by the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office in Trenton, N.J., Sunday, May 12, 2013. Three children are safe after a 36-hour standoff with Murphy, who was armed, ended early Sunday, in Trenton, N.J., state law enforcement officials said. Murphy was killed during the rescue, officials said. But the bodies of a woman, presumed to be homeowner Carmelita Stevens, 44 -- the mother of the children -- and a young boy, presumed to be her 13-year-old son, were found decomposing in the home. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Gerald "Skip" Murphy, 38, is seen in this photograph provided by the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office in Trenton, N.J., Sunday, May 12, 2013. Three children are safe after a 36-hour standoff with Murphy, who was armed, ended early Sunday, in Trenton, N.J., state law enforcement officials said. Murphy was killed during the rescue, officials said. But the bodies of a woman, presumed to be homeowner Carmelita Stevens, 44 -- the mother of the children -- and a young boy, presumed to be her 13-year-old son, were found decomposing in the home. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — 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.