Gunman Killed by Fort Worth Police Made Threat

Man also accused of stealing hotel guest's laptop

Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012  |  Updated 10:28 AM CDT
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Gunman Killed by Fort Worth Police Made Threat

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Police say a man fatally shot by an officer outside a North Texas hotel allegedly had taken a guest's laptop computer.

The Fort Worth officer who shot and killed 34-year-old Derek Ternes of Bismarck, N.D., was on paid administrative leave Wednesday.

Police early Tuesday responded to a hotel manager's call about a parking lot fight and a guest shot. Police confronted Ternes, who refused to put down his weapon and opened fire.

Sgt. Pedro Criado says an officer returned fire and killed Ternes. No officers were hurt.

Criado says the license plate on the gunman's vehicle linked Ternes to a previous threat to get into a shootout with police.

The wounded guest was in critical condition when transported to a hospital. Further details on him weren't immediately released Wednesday.

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