Anthony J. Thompson Jr. Wiki – Anthony J. Thompson Jr. Biography
Anthony J. Thompson Jr. was identified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as the Austin-East Magnet High School student in Knoxville, Tennessee, who was killed in an officer-involved shooting.
Law enforcement officers from multiple departments were called to the school at about 3:15 p.m. Monday, April 12, after the report of a male possibly armed with a gun, according to the Knoxville Police Department.
A Tennessee Bureau of Investigations statement Wednesday, April 14, said “the student’s gun was fired” during a struggle after officers entered the restroom, and law enforcement fired twice. TBI said it was not the student’s gun that struck Willson, according to their preliminary investigation. TBI did not say how the officer was shot.
Anthony J. Thompson Jr. Age
Anthony J. Thompson Jr. was 17 years old.
According to the Knoxville Police Department, law enforcement from multiple departments was called to the school at about 3:15 p.m. Monday, April 12, after the report of an officer-involved shooting. A preliminary investigation indicated police were responding to the report of an armed male in the school, and a gunfight broke out.
Police said Thompson allegedly brought a gun into the school, where officers were called for reports of an armed student. They found Thompson in the bathroom at the school, and ordered him out, Tennessee Bureau of Investigations Director David Rausch said during a Monday evening press conference.
Thompson allegedly refused to come out, instead, he started firing shots at police. Officers returned fire, and Thompson was fatally shot, Rausch said. One of the responding officers was shot in the hip.
Early investigation results indicated that police were called to the scene at the high school for a report of a male with a gun, which resulted in shots fired when police approached the suspect.
Knoxville Community Members Gathered
Members of the Knoxville community gathered on the evening of Wednesday, April 14, 2021 after the shooting of Thompson and demanded transparency from police, according to WATE. The gathering came after TBI released Thompson’s name and updated findings, saying their preliminary investigation indicated the bullet that hit Willson did not come from Thompson’s gun.
“HAPPENING NOW: Many community members are joining together outside of the City County Building to demand more transparency from police and change in east Knoxville,” WATE reporter Austin Martin wrote on Twitter. “This all after a shooting inside Austin-East High School that claimed the life of Anthony J. Thompson, Jr.”
Some students quickly took to social media in the moments after the shooting.
“Gunshots in the school!!!” Monet Jackson wrote on Facebook.
A comment asked where she was.
“Under a desk,” she answered.
“Stay under that desk,” the person responded.
“I’m so proud of you for staying safe and calm, sweet girl,” Crystal Floyd wrote in a comment on a separate post. “Sending much love.”
Jackson later shared a seven-second video filmed from a window, which showed a person in uniform sprinting across the lawn followed by a person in slacks and a dress shirt.
“The shots was literally outside my classroom in the hallway,” she wrote.
Another video showed crime scene tape and confusion in the hallway. She wrote that she could smell blood.
Knox News reported that four Knoxville teens have been killed as a result of gun violence in recent months, leading to a public outcry to stop the violence.
Austin-East student Justin Taylor, 15, was killed after police said a 17-year-old boy shot him accidentally while they were both inside a car January 27. The 17-year-old was arrested on a charge of criminally negligent homicide. Stanley Freeman Jr., 16, was fatally shot on Tarleton Avenue while he was driving home after school on February 12. Two teenage boys, ages 14 and 16, were arrested and charged with killing him.
Janaria Muhammad, 15, a freshman at Austin-East, was found shot to death outside the home where she lived February 16.
Jamarion “Lil Dada” Gillette, 15, was shot March 9. A woman found him wounded on the Cherokee Trail in South Knoxville and took him to the hospital, where he died the next day.
No arrests have been made in the deaths of Muhammad or Gillette.
Cause of Death
Police said they found Thompson in the bathroom at the school, and ordered him out after receiving reports of a male “possibly” armed in the school, Tennessee Bureau of Investigations Director David Rausch said during a Monday evening press conference. During a struggle with police, TBI said “the student’s gun was fired.” Officers also fired shots, and Thompson was fatally shot, Rausch said. One of the responding officers, Willson, was shot in the hip. TBI’s statement Wednesday, April 14, 2021, said it was not a bullet from Thompson’s gun that struck the officer.
“Preliminary examinations indicate the bullet that struck the KPD officer was not fired from the student’s handgun,” the statement said.
The latest statement emphasized that the information released early in an investigation is only preliminary.
The statement said:
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.
The statement differs from TBI’s statement in the hours after the shooting, which said: “the subject reportedly fired shots, striking an officer.” TBI is now saying that was not the case.
Rausch said in the Monday press conference investigators were reviewing footage from body cams and school security footage, in addition to interviewing potential witnesses.
HAPPENING NOW: Many community members are joining together outside of the City County Building to demand more transparency from police and change in east Knoxville.This all after a shooting inside Austin-East High School that claimed the life of Anthony J. Thompson, Jr. @6News pic.twitter.com/ZYeBNEL5Ps
— Austin Martin (@AMartinNews) April 14, 2021
Early investigation results indicated that police were called to the scene at the high school for a report of a male with a gun, which resulted in shots fired when police approached the student.
“Based on the preliminary investigation, Knoxville Police Department Officers responded to Austin-East Magnet High School on the report of a male suspect who was possibly armed in the school. Upon the approach of the suspect, shots were fired,” the Knoxville Police Department said in a statement.
Police did not identify the student or victims at the time. They said only that a teenage boy was killed, an officer was injured, and another male was detained for questioning.