TULSA, Oklahoma- Tulsa World reports a man who authorities allege forced his way inside his estranged wife’s east Tulsa home with a gun and took her 2-year-old daughter hostage was fatally shot by a police sniper early Tuesday.
Officers responded to a reported domestic-related call at a Tulsa residence shortly before midnight. Upon arrival, a woman told officers her estranged husband forced his way inside her home and grabbed her youngest child, a 2-year-old girl, while armed with a gun.
Police attempted to make contact with the man, who Ashley said “spoke very little English.” A Spanish-speaking officer made multiple requests for him to release the child, and the man eventually stepped onto the second-floor balcony while holding the girl with one hand and the gun with the other.
Officers indicated the man pointed the firearm at them and the girl during the standoff, which continued for several hours.
Shortly after 3 a.m., the man reportedly returned to the doorway of the balcony while holding the child’s hand. He was then shot and killed by a sniper with one of the department’s special operations teams.