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Trenton Man Arrested After Standoff, Brandishing Toy Gun

The following information was supplied by the Trenton Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Trenton police arrested a 39-year-old man who brandished a toy gun resulting in a standoff at about 7:45 a.m. Feb. 27 in the 2600 block of Lenox.

Steve Voss, deputy chief of the the Trenton Police Department, said officers believed the toy gun to be real at the time of the incident.

"The officers quickly ascertained information from a witness that became useful in diffusing the situation," Voss said.

Police were called to a residence on Lenox where the man refused to leave, according to a Trenton police report.

Officers found the man sitting on a couch on an enclosed porch at the rear of the house. An officer ordered the man to get on the ground, while pointing his service handgun at the man.

The man yelled at officers to leave the house and raised a toy gun, pointing it in the direction of an officer and then put the gun against his own head.

After a brief standoff, the man dropped the gun and complied with police.

The man was placed in handcuffs and transported to the Trenton Police Department, where the toy gun was placed in to evidence.

“Officers did an extraordinary job in a very volatile situation," Voss said. "Officers were able to determine that deadly force was not appropriate in a split second decision."

Contact editor Nate Stemen natestemen@patch.com for questions on police reports.

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