Knox County District Attorney Will Not Release Police Body Camera Footage from Officer-Involved Shooting at Austin East at This Time

Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen says the public will see the police body camera footage of an officer-involved shooting that killed 17 year-old student Anthony Thompson Jr. at Austin East Magnate High School on Monday, but only after the criminal investigation is complete.

Allen says she understands that the community want to see the body cam footage of this case but her priority is to protect the criminal potential of the case and her office “has to protect the due process of law.” TBI agents are still conducting interviews, collecting evidence and taking witness statements. Allen says they are investigating a homicide and the victim’s family will see the video before it’s made public.

Preliminary evidence indicates the bullet from Thompson’s gun did not hit KPD school resource officer Adam Willson, who suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, according to TBI.

Allen says there are many factors that impact when the video can be cleared to the public.and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation must complete its investigation. At this time, the incident is still an active investigation.

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