NJ police: MTA slaying suspect dead after standoff

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Officials say 44-year-old Zire King barricaded himself inside the house for at least five hours after a three-day manhunt led them to him. Officials say 44-year-old Zire King barricaded himself inside the house for at least five hours after a three-day manhunt led them to him.
HACKENSACK, NJ -

New Jersey police say the suspect in the murder of an off-duty MTA worker was found dead inside a Hackensack home Friday night after a long standoff with police. 

Officials say 44-year-old Zire King barricaded himself inside the house for at least five hours after a three-day manhunt led them to him. 

Detectives from the NYPD and New Jersey met at the home around 1:20 p.m. SWAT teams and negotiators arrived about two hours later and tried to make contact with King.

At around 5:45 p.m. they used gas to try to get the suspect to respond. An hour later police say they entered the home where they found King dead inside a closet. They believe that he committed suicide. 

King was the top suspect in the murder of his girlfriend, 41-year-old, Jacqueline Dick. 

Dick was returning home from her shift as a subway conductor on May 1 around 11:40 p.m. when she was shot in the back of the head and killed near her home on Elton Avenue. King was with her at the time and said he saw at least two men running past him and a car driving away.

Officials say surveillance video did not match King's story so they questioned him briefly after the incident. King was then released and was missing until last night. 

Police are still investigating a possible motive for the murder.

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