Caught on camera: Sniper saves toddler

Newly released video shows sniper shooting 44-year-old Salvador Reyes as he is holding his 2-year-old daughter.

TULSA, Okla. - Newly released video shows a Tulsa Police Department sniper shooting a man holding a 2-year-old hostage.

According to police, 44-year-old Salvador Reyes broke into his estranged wife's home, grabbed her 2-year-old daughter and held her hostage.

The woman was able to escape the home with her three other young children and her boyfriend.

Those images are shocking, but for police, it's precision that's keeping Tulsa safe.

"We'll be able to take care of the problem before anyone even knew about it," said officer Perry Lewis.

They're called precision rifle operators at the Tulsa Police Department -- many know them as snipers.

Officer Lewis trains nearly all of them.

“It was kind of unnerving to put crosshairs on a real live human being," said Lewis. "That's the worst case scenario ... that's a hostage situation.”

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