Anthony J. Thompson Jr Bio, Wiki
Anthony J. Thompson Jr. was identified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as the 17-year-old Austin-East Magnet High School student in Knoxville, Tennessee, who was killed in an officer-involved shooting. A Knoxville Police officer, Adam Willson, was also injured, but police said Thompson did not shoot the officer, according to their early investigative findings.
The new report appears to indicate that the officer was shot by police during a struggle
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) released updated details of a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville on Monday that left the student dead and a school resource officer wounded. The student was identified Wednesday as Anthony J. Thompson, Jr.
TBI Director David Rausch said on Monday, April 12 that a preliminary investigation showed police responded to a report of a possible gunman about 15 minutes before 3:30 p.m. dismissal at the east Knoxville school. Police found the teen since identified as Thompson, in a bathroom, the TBI said.
Police ordered the student, who is Black, to leave the bathroom but he would not comply, Rausch said. “As officers entered the restroom, the subject reportedly fired shots, striking an officer,” said a TBI statement about the shooting released Monday.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Statement
Police fired twice, and Thompson was shot and killed, the TBI said. On Wednesday, April 14th, the TBI revised its account in a second statement on the shooting, saying the student’s gun was fired during a struggle with an officer.
The latest statement emphasized that the information released early in an investigation is only preliminary.
The statement said:
The TBI has confirmed the student who died during Monday’s incident as Anthony J. Thompson, Jr. (DOB 12/1/2003). Additionally, as the investigation continues, and as TBI agents learn more about the set of events that unfolded at Austin-East Magnet High School Monday afternoon, the Bureau would like to update the set of events as we understand them at this time.
The role of the TBI in these investigations is to determine the facts based on the evidence and present those facts and evidence to the District Attorney General. During investigations, agents discover facts that may clarify initial reports. This is why our agency uses terms in our releases such as ‘preliminary,’ ‘possibly,’ and ‘reportedly.’ This update provides clarification to the initial information released on this case.
– After receiving the report of a student possibly armed with a gun, responding KPD officers located the student inside a school restroom at Austin-East.
– Officers entered the restroom.
– During a subsequent struggle, the student’s gun was fired. This was followed by law enforcement firing twice.
– Preliminary examinations indicate the bullet that struck the KPD officer was not fired from the student’s handgun.
Body Cam Footage
District Attorney General Charme Allen declined to immediately release the body cam footage of the shooting, citing an ongoing investigation. The announcement prompted a lengthy Twitter thread from Mayor Indya Kincannon, saying she was committed to transparency and would push for the release of redacted footage.
I hear and feel the frustration, pain and anguish as we grapple with the tragic shooting inside Austin-East High School. I support releasing any incident videos to the media & public as soon as it is legally allowed. I am committed to transparency 1/5
— Mayor Kincannon (@MayorKincannon) April 14, 2021