Update: Knox County District Attorney Charme Allen says the officer involved shooting at Austin East High School was a justified shooting following review of the body camera footage.
The footage showed a struggle in the bathroom between officers and Anthony Thompson Jr. (a student at Austin East). Thompson had a gun in his sweatshirt pocket which fired during the struggle. KPD officer Jonathon Clabough then returned fire in defense of himself and other officers. One shot fatally hit Thompson while the other shot hit officer Adam Wilson.
Knoxville District Attorney General Charme Allen announced in a press conference Wednesday, she will release officer’s body camera footage of the fatal shooting that left 17-year-old Anthony Thompson Jr. dead. The officer-involved shooting also left a Knoxville Police Department officer hospitalized with a gunshot wound.
Wednesday’s press conference came amid calls for the release of the body cam footage of the shooting after details of the investigation concluded that the wounded officer was not shot by Thompson Jr., as the TBI had originally reported.
DA Allen said during the news conference that the family of Anthony Thompson Jr. has seen the footage. DA Allen added, “I have just spent four hours with this family and I will tell you that was a painful long agonizing four hours for that family, but we talked about the death of their 17 year old son and one thing that family asked me not to do was release those tapes today but because I had made a promise that once I completed the file and once I talked to the family I would release the tapes.”
The news conference is still in progress and we will keep you updated as details are released.