KPD officer was not shot by student, TBI reveals

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Escena de los hechos(Departamento de Policía de Knoxville)
Updated: Apr. 14, 2021 at 3:27 PM CDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation identified the 17-year-old Austin-East Student killed during an officer-involved shooting Monday.

TBI officials confirmed 17-year-old Anthony Thompson Jr. was killed during Monday’s incident.

New details have emerged as TBI continues to investigate the incident.

After receiving reports of a possibly armed student Monday afternoon, Knoxville Police located the student inside a school restroom.

According to TBI, a struggle ensued between officers and Thompson Jr., during which the student’s gun was fired. Law enforcement responded by firing their weapons twice.

According to TBI, despite earlier reports that the student fired the shots that struck an officer, the investigation revealed the bullet that struck Officer Adam Willson was not fired from Thompson’s gun.

The officer was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with a leg injury. Officer Willson underwent surgery earlier in the week and is now recovering.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time.

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