- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An officer fatally shot a suspect after a cash loan center employee he had taken hostage wrestled the gun away from him, police said.

Multiple news outlets report 39-year-old Alexander Tirado Rivera was fatally shot Saturday after police say he took the woman hostage during a robbery attempt at the Easy Cash Solutions Loan Center.

Metro Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron says Rivera demanded money from the woman and then took her outside and put a gun to her head. When the employee wrestled control of the gun away from the man, the officer, Sgt. Scott Carter, shot and killed him.

Aaron said Carter responded to the scene after workers at a neighboring business saw a car running outside and heard suspicious conversation from inside the store.

“Something to the effect of, ‘That’s all I have,’ or ‘I don’t have any more,’ something along those lines,” Aaron said.

When Carter entered the store, Aaron said he was threatened and fired a shot before retreating back outside. Rivera then came out with the employee.

“When he came out with his arm around her neck with a gun to her head, certainly Sgt. Carter was not expecting that. He gave commands, he was telling him to surrender, to drop the gun,” Aaron said. “This courageous 21-year-old lady saw an opportunity to free herself and did. Just as she was doing so, Sgt. Carter fired on the gunman to end the threat. The threat was ended at that point.”

Police later determined Rivera’s gun was an air pistol.

Carter, a 17-year veteran of the force, was placed on routine administrative leave while the shooting is investigated. Aaron says police are looking to see if Rivera robbed the same cash loan center May 23.

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