FORT WORTH — Fort Worth police say Derek Ternes, the suspect who was shot and killed by an officer Tuesday morning, had a warning associated with his vehicle that he might want to “get in a shootout” with police.
Police spokesman Sgt. Pedro Criado said officers ran the tags from Ternes’ vehicle from Bismarck, North Dakota, and it came back with the warning of potential violence.
Criado said the investigation so far reveals that Ternes shot a man he knew at the Trinity Inn Suites near Beach Street and Interstate 30 Tuesday morning.
The incident began when police responded to a 911 call from the manager of the motel reporting shots fired in the parking lot at 4:07 a.m.
Police believe Ternes, 34, entered the victim’s hotel room unannounced and took a laptop computer. As Ternes left the room, the victim — a father of two who lives at the motel month-to-month — returned. An argument started in the parking lot and shots were fired.
Police said the two men exchanged gunfire before Ternes shot the victim.
When officers arrived, Ternes was still carrying a weapon. Police said he ignored orders to drop the weapon, instead pointing it at a four-year veteran officer identified as K. Davis and fired several shots.
The officer returned fire and hit the suspect at least once, killing Ternes.
A MedStar spokesperson said they rushed the 34-year-old father to John Peter Smith Hospital with life-threatening wounds. He remained in critical condition Tuesday afternoon. His children were not injured.
Officer Davis is on administrative leave. He requested time off to be with family as the investigation continues. He was with his supervisor when the shooting occurred.
Reached by phone, Ternes' family did not want to elaborate on what may have happened.