A late-night pursuit that turned into a standoff situation with an armed driver in the median of Interstate 40 west of Shawnee late Wednesday night ended peacefully when the suspect driver surrendered his gun and then himself to authorities.

A late-night pursuit that turned into a standoff situation with an armed driver in the median of Interstate 40 west of Shawnee late Wednesday night ended peacefully when the suspect driver surrendered his gun and then himself to authorities.

Several local law enforcement agencies were involved in a series of events that culminated with that standoff situation.

Pottawatomie County Undersheriff Travis Palmer spoke Thursday about how the suspect, who is identified in both police and jail records as Jose Reyes, 23, surrendered peacefully, ending some tense moments.

Shawnee police officers were initially sent to 1824 W. Midland Wednesday night for a domestic disturbance involving a person with a gun.

According to reports from police, prior to officers arriving there, the person, later identified as Reyes, left that scene in a Chevrolet pickup.

Officers responding to the home saw the pickup and tried to make a traffic stop, according to Shawnee police, which led to a pursuit to areas on U.S. 177 and then west on I-40, where the suspect vehicle hit stop sticks placed there by authorities.

The pursuit continued at a low speed west on I-40 until the driver tried to cut across the median, reports show, where his truck lost traction and Deputy Matt Byers’ patrol car rammed the pickup to safely end that chase.

Reyes had a gun and allegedly placed it to his head before officers started talking with him, reports show. Deputy Byers drew his duty weapon, Palmer said, with the suspect telling him he didn’t want to hurt any of the officers.

Shawnee Police Sgt. Chris Tynes and Cpl. Jonathan Webb, along with Deputies Adam Good, Matt Byers and Palmer were all at that scene and tried talking Reyes out of the vehicle.

Palmer, who said it was fortunate the pursuit ended in the widest part of the median along Interstate 40, began talking with Reyes and said there would be back and forth situations with him raising the gun to his head and then placing it in the seat of the truck.

Palmer, who said Reyes had argued with his girlfriend, said Reyes didn’t want to harm officers but also didn’t want officers to shoot him. Palmer said he told authorities he wanted to do that to himself.

Authorities were in a waiting game as they worked to end the situation peacefully with no injuries.

Toward the end of the standoff, Palmer said they noticed the clip had been removed from the firearm when Reyes raised it, but they weren’t sure if there was still a bullet in the chamber of that weapon.

Palmer, who was very close to the pickup, said they kept talking to Reyes, who finally told him he was ready to give up.

Reyes paused for a moment inside the truck and then handed the gun to Palmer, which was unloaded, he said. Palmer later found the one round from the chamber in the floorboard of that truck.

Shawnee police took custody of Reyes and booked him into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center on misdemeanor complaints involving eluding, Palmer said.

Jail records show Reyes bonded out of jail on municipal bonds for attempting to elude and driving under suspension.

No other formal charges have been filed.

Although Byers’ patrol unit was slightly damaged during the ordeal, Palmer said there were no injuries reported. Several agencies had officers involved, including Absentee Shawnee and Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal police, Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers, McLoud police, Shawnee police and sheriff’s deputies.

Part of a I-40 was briefly shut down for the standoff, Palmer said, but because the activity was going on in a wide center median area, Palmer said eastbound lanes were open while westbound traffic was opened to one lane as authorities worked that scene.

Reyes surrendered just before 11 p.m., according to reports.

No other reports or information was available Thursday night.