Mother speaks about MPD-involved shooting death of teen son

Mother Speaks About MPD-Involved Shooting Death Of Teen Son

(WMC-TV) - As you can see from photos from his Facebook page, 15 year-old Justin Thompson liked baseball caps almost as much as five year-old sister who keeps asking about him.

"She keeps asking "Mom, when is Justin coming home," said Thompson's mother, Shirley.

Her son's death is something Shirley Thompson and other family members have not fully comprehended themselves.

"Can't nobody even imagine what I'm going through," said Thompson.

Thompson last saw her son around 8 o'clock Monday night as he walked to a neighborhood store.

"He said he'd be back," recalled Thompson. "But he didn't make it back."

Memphis Police say Thompson was shot and killed by an off-duty officer near Wooddale and Jenkins.

It happened just down the street from where his mother watched things unfold from her front porch.

"Not even knowing it was my son they were putting in that truck," said Thompson. "I didn't know that was him they was carrying away dead."

Details surrounding the shooting remain sealed, for now. However, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton confirmed, during a news conference with police director Toney Armstong, the incident may have followed a robbery attempt.

"Needless to say, without even knowing all of the circumstances, we express our condolences," said Wharton.

Thompson contends her son was a good boy who was unarmed and did not deserve to die so young.

"Whose son's gonna be next?" asked Thompson. "Just hope it's not yours."

Memphis Police called in the TBI to handle this investigation. Meanwhile, the off duty officer is on paid leave.

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