TENTON, NJ -- Authorities say the suspect accused of killing two people and holding three children hostage in a Trenton, New Jersey standoff, has died from gunshot wounds.
38-year-old Gerald Tyrone Murphy was shot during the raid early Sunday morning and died from his injuries. Murphy is accused of killing Carmelita Stevens and her 13-year-old son.
Officers noticed the smell of human decomposition and found Murphy armed with a gun. He told police he had three children barricaded inside a bedroom and that he had explosives.
A standoff with police soon ensued, lasting more than 30 hours.
Steven's three children, a 4-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and an 18-year-old girl, were all barricaded inside with the suspect. Police say Steven's 19-year-old with autism, got out before the violence began and was taken to stay with relatives.
According to police, maintaining the welfare of the children was of the upmost importance. During the days-long standoff, authorities sent meals and bottles of water through a window.
After hours of negotiations, SWAT teams decided to move into the home. Police set off an apparent flash bomb and conducted the raid. The hostages were safely rescued and taken to area hospitals for treatment and evaluation.
Investigators are looking into the allegations that the suspect assaulted the teenage girls during the ordeal.
Murphy, a registered s[*******#000000]e[/COLOR]x offender in Pennsylvania, had an arrest warrant out for his failure to give an update on his new location.
Authorities have not released a possible motive.
Police say they are still trying to sort out all the details and are continuing to investigate.