Knoxville Police Chief Eve Thomas issues statement following district attorney’s press conference

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Knoxville Police Chief Eve Thomas issues statement following district attorney’s press conference

Knoxville Police Chief Eve Thomas speaks at a press conference following a fatal shootout at Austin-East Magnet High School on Monday April 12

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – Knoxville Police Chief Eve Thomas made a statement following a press conference held by the Knox Co. District Attorney on Wednesday announcing that none of the four officers involved in the Austin-East shooting were indicted would be.

The officer shooting took place on Monday April 12 in a bathroom in Austin-East during a confrontation between officers and a student. Armed student Anthony Thompson Jr., 17, was shot dead by a police officer.

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On Wednesday KPD police chief Eve Thomas made the following statement:

“I would like to thank the Charme Allen Attorney General and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for their relentless attention to this case and their usefulness in conducting a comprehensive, independent investigation. I am grateful that this investigative effort has established that the actions of our officers in intense and unforeseeable circumstances were justified and exempt from any wrongdoing.

I hope the publication of the evidence in its entirety provides a sense of clarity and answers the pressing questions the community deserves about the circumstances that led to this event. Given that, it was an incredibly tragic and traumatic experience for everyone involved. Life was irrevocably changed by this event. My thoughts go with the family of Anthony Thompson Jr., to whom I extend my heartfelt condolences and condolences. My thoughts also go with our officers who will bear the burden and trauma for the rest of their lives. “

EVE THOMAS, CHIEF, KNOXVILLE POLICE

Mayor Kincannon says the decision not to indict officials is “fair”.