The officer who fatally shot a pupil who introduced a gun to a Tennessee highschool final week won’t face felony prices, officers introduced Wednesday whereas reviewing officer-worn physique digital camera footage with the general public for the primary time.
Knox County District Legal professional Normal Charme Allen mentioned Knoxville police officer Jonathon Clabough was justified beneath the state’s self-defense legislation within the April 12 capturing of 17-year-old Anthony J. Thompson Jr. at Austin-East Magnet Excessive College.
“It wasn’t a straightforward case; it wasn’t clear minimize,” Allen advised reporters throughout a information convention.
Allen additionally for the primary time launched the officer-worn physique digital camera footage, surveillance footage, 911 audio and different paperwork surrounding the capturing.
4 officers had responded to the college after a home abuse name from the mom of Thompson’s former girlfriend. The officers went into a toilet the place they believed Thompson was, however Allen’s workplace mentioned the officers didn’t know Thompson was carrying a handgun.
The altercation that adopted lasted 11 seconds, Allen mentioned.
The video exhibits the officers finding after which making an attempt to handcuff Thompson. One officer grabbed Thompson’s proper arm, however Thompson’s left arm was in his sweatshirt pocket the place the video exhibits he was holding a handgun. The barrel of the weapon could possibly be seen poking by way of the pocket. Thompson’s weapon went off, hitting a trash can however not any of the officers.
The shot confused the officers into pondering their lives have been in peril and one in every of them was probably injured, Allen mentioned — pointing to the assorted statements they later gave investigators.
Clabough might be seen eradicating his weapon and capturing Thompson within the shoulder. Clabough fired his weapon once more as Thompson fell to the bottom with the officers surrounding him. Clabough’s second shot by accident hit police Officer Adam Wilson within the leg.
Allen mentioned the officers didn’t know Thompson had been shot till two minutes after handcuffing him and turning over his physique. That is after they noticed the big quantities of blood and referred to as the college nurse for medical help.
A health worker report confirmed that, due to the best way Clabough shot Thompson, there was nothing the officers or college nurse may have achieved to avoid wasting his life.
Knoxville police Chief Eve Thomas mentioned in an announcement that she was grateful the investigation decided that her officers’ actions have been justified and “cleared of any wrongdoing.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.