The officers were initially responding to a domestic violence dispute and were seeking Thompson to speak with him about a report made against him, according to the district attorney. Allen said the officers were not aware that Thompson had a gun.
According to TBI, a struggle ensued between officers and Thompson Jr., during which the student’s gun was fired. Law enforcement responded by firing their weapons twice.No information was released about whether the returned fire struck the student.
- “We believe in the importance of public trust and accountability,” the officers said in a statement via their law firm.
- Body camera video shows the officers approaching Thompson, who was holed up in a bathroom stall.
- The teen’s family disagrees, however, and said it asked Allen to hold off on releasing the body camera video until after Thompson’s burial service Thursday, a relative told WBIR.
"Few details have been released in the incident up until this point, and Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon and the community have called for body camera video to be made public."