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The student, who was killed in a Knoxville high school shooting on Monday, has been identified and a bullet that hit the officer did not come from the student’s gun, authorities said.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has identified the Austin-East High School student as 17-year-old Anthony J. Thompson Jr.
Anthony J. Thompson, Jr, 17, died Monday after he being shot by a KPD officer inside a bathroom at the high school. https://t.co/Uknugtq3V1
— WLNS Newsroom (@WLNS) April 14, 2021
The Knoxville Police Department responded to a report of a person who may have been armed with a gun at school at around 3:15 pm Monday.
Upon arrival, authorities located the suspect in a bathroom and ordered him out, but he refused to comply, TBI said in a press release.
Officers entered the bathroom, there was a scuffle and the student’s weapon exploded, TBI said. The officers fired twice. One of the KPD officers was shot in the thigh, but not with the student’s weapon.
The student died at the school and the officer underwent surgery, authorities said. The official, who the KPD identified as Adam Wilson, a 20-year veteran, underwent surgery on Tuesday morning and was expected to recover. No one else was hurt.
It was still not clear why the student carried a gun at school or why he was shooting police officers. The investigation of the head trauma is still ongoing.
The shooting comes as more classrooms are reopening to students after months of distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic, which has reduced the number of mass murders in the United States. A spate of mass shootings have taken place in the United States in recent weeks, including eight people killed at three Atlanta-area massage stores on March 16 and 10 people killed in a Colorado supermarket on March 22.
Schools in Knox County resumed face-to-face learning in August, but Austin-East Magnet High School returned to virtual education in February, shortly after the students died. The school closed again on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.