The Tennessee teen who was fatally shot by police after he opened fire inside a high school bathroom was identified — as authorities revealed that a shot that wounded an officer in the struggle didn’t come from the student’s gun.
Anthony J. Thompson, Jr., 17, became involved in the police confrontation Monday after he refused orders leave the bathroom at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.
Police on Wednesday said Thompson’s gun fired once but didn’t strike an officer — contradicting earlier law enforcement reports that he shot and hit police.
“Preliminary examinations indicate the bullet that struck the [Knoxville Police Department] officer was not fired from the student’s handgun,” the TBI said.
Police fired twice, and Thompson was shot and killed, authorities said.
A school resource officer identified as Adam Willson was struck in the upper leg.
The TBI declined to comment about whether Wilson was struck by an officer’s bullet.
In its statement Wednesday, the TBI said authorities “discover facts that may clarify initial reports.”
“This is why our agency uses terms in our releases such as ‘preliminary,’ ‘possibly,’ and ‘reportedly,’” the TBI’s statement said. “This update provides clarification to the initial information released on this case.”