The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Tactical Team used its canine unit to subdue and take a Delaware County man into custody, ending a seven-hour standoff that started late Tuesday, Aug. 21.

The OHP Tactical Team was prompted to use the canine after firing several rounds of tear gas into the Grand Lake residence failed, Delaware County Sheriff Harlan Moore said.

Gary Miller, 44, of Tia Juana, about two miles east of the Pensacola Dam, was taken into custody after 2 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, on complaints of possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony and several assault and battery complaints.

Miller is being held on $100,000 bail in the Delaware County Jail in Jay, Moore said.

“He (Miller) would not talk to us; he would not comply; he wouldn’t come out (of the residence),” Moore said.

Miller sustained a gunshot wound to his hand and several dog bites, Moore said. He was taken to a Tulsa hospital for treatment.

“This area had lots of neighbors, and things could have been worse,” Moore said.

What happened

Around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Delaware County Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the Sunnywood subdivision residence after reports Miller had been shot by his fiancee during a domestic violence situation, Moore said.

The woman’s name was not released. Moore said drugs were found inside the residence, and the woman could face charges.

Around 7:15 p.m., while Delaware County deputies were investigating the shooting, Miller showed up in a vehicle and then sped away before crashing his vehicle near Oklahoma 28, Moore said. 

Miller pointed a gun at a detective on two separate instances, prompting the detective to return fire as Miller fled through with woods and then to inside the residence where the domestic call had occurred earlier, he said.

“We don’t know which hand was wounded or who shot him,” Moore said referring to Miller’s fiancee or a sheriff’s deputy.

Miller sent three children and two adults out of the house, Capt. Gayle Wells said. 

The fiancee who has been believed to be a hostage exited the residence around 9:30 p.m.