TPD identifies officer, suspect in deadly standoff

TULSA, Okla. — Quick Facts:

  • Police were called to a home before 1 a.m. near 41st and South 177th East Avenue
  • 4 children were in the home
  • Officers said they were forced to shoot the man when he would not come out
  • A two-year-old was taken hostage but reunited with her mother after the shooting
  • TPD identified the officer who fired as Jason Lawless
  • The suspect killed at the scene was identified as Salvador Reyes, 42

A man died early Tuesday morning after an east Tulsa standoff.

Officers were called just before 1 a.m. to a home near 41st and South 177th East Avenue.

They met with a man, woman and three small children who escaped the house.

Officers learned the woman's estranged husband, later identified as 42-year-old Salvador Reyes, forced his way into the house and held a fourth child, a 2-year-old, hostage.

Officers tried to talk to Reyes; they say he came onto a balcony holding a handgun. Reyes allegedly pointed the gun at officers and at the child.

Just after 3 a.m., he came out again. Saying they feared for the safety of the 2-year-old, they shot him.

Reyes died of his gunshot wounds. The child, who police say was in his hands "continually" through the standoff, was not injured.

The child was reunited with her mother; the toddler was not a biological child of the suspect.

The shooting is under investigation; the officer who fired is on paid administrative leave.

TPD identified the officer who fired as Jason Lawless, an 18-year veteran with TPD.

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