A Fort Worth police officer shot and killed a man who allegedly fired at police officers after they responded to a shooting call early Tuesday morning on the city's east side.
Officers responded about 4 a.m. to the Hotel Trinity at 2000 Beach Street near Interstate 30. According to Fort Worth police, 34-year-old Derek Ternes of North Dakota entered a man's room and stole a laptop as his girlfriend and two young sons, ages 11 and 13, witnessed the crime.
Ternes and the unidentified father then shot at each other and the dad was hit, police said.
The hotel's manager heard the gunshots and called 911, said Sgt. Criado. Police were very close by and were at the hotel in a matter of moments. They saw the suspect walking down the driveway of the hotel.
"One of the officers verbally confronted the suspect," said Sgt. Criado. "The suspect turned and fired an unknown number of shots in the direction of the officer. The officer returned fire, striking the suspect an unknown number of times."
Ternes died at the scene.
The father was rushed to a hospital, where he underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition.
The officer was not injured.
Ternes has allegedly made past threats about wanting to be in a shootout with officers, according to police.
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