Bullet that hit KPD Officer was not from Austin East Student’s Gun

From TBI Newsroom:


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.


TBI’s findings will be shared with the District Attorney General throughout the investigative process, which remains active and ongoing.

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