One dead — Trenton police standoff with barricaded suspect continues
TRENTON — A person is dead and two police officers were wounded Wednesday morning amid a standoff between a barricaded man and authorities that continued after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The shooting took place around 6:20 a.m. when two members of the U.S. Marshals New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force attempted to serve a warrant on a man in the 300 block of Centre Street, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Casey DiBlasio told New Jersey 101.5.
The man being served fired at the task force members who retreated. The man went back inside an apartment, according to DeBlasio. A person caught in the crossfire was shot and later died.
At a news conference, Trenton Police Lt. Stephen Varn did not disclose the circumstances of the shooting or provide any information on the person who was shot.
Two Mercer County Sheriff’s Department officers were wounded and hospitalized for minor injuries, according to DeBlasio.
Varn said some residents in the immediate area of the standoff were evacuated while others were ordered to shelter in place.
Varn said that authorities continued to negotiate with the suspect as of 12:30 .p.m.
Varn did not disclose the identities of the suspect, the nature of the warrant being served or give an exact address. A 6ABC Action News helicopter view of the scene showed much of the police activity was in front of Joy’s Corner Market.
Centre Street remains closed between Furman Street and Federal Street.
Photojournalist Brian McCarthy told New Jersey 101.5 there was a heavy police presence involving Trenton Police, state troopers, the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office and the U.S. Marshals Service.
Centre Street was closed between Furman Street and Federal Street Wednesday morning, according to police.
NJ Transit said its bus route No. 607 was being detoured between Broad Street and Lalor Street.
The area is near the Sun National Bank Arena and the State Prison.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
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