Anthony J. Thompson Jr.: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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. A Knoxville Police, Adam Willson, officer was also injured. Thompson was 17.

Anthony J. Thompson Jr.: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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. A Knoxville Police, Adam Willson, officer was also injured. Thompson was 17.

Law enforcement from multiple departments were called to the school at about 3:15 p.m. Monday, April 12, after the report of an officer-involved shooting, according to the Knoxville Police Department. A preliminary investigation indicated police were responding to the report of an armed male in the school, and a gunfight broke out.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Police Said Thompson Was Armed in the School & a Gunfight Broke Out When Officers Approached Him

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. He allegedly refused to come out, instead firing shots at police. Officers returned fire, and Thompson was fatally shot, Rausch said. One of the responding officers was shot in the hip.

Rausch said they are reviewing footage from body cams and school security footage, in addition to interviewing potential witnesses.

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.

“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 identified the suspect 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.


2. Students Shared Video & Live Updates on Social Media From the School

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.”

She 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.


3. Thompson Was a 17-Year-Old Student at Austin-East High School When He Was Fatally Shot After Police Said He Brought a Gun Into the School