KPD identifies officers involved in Austin-East incident

Per departmental policy, the involved officers have been placed on temporary administrative leave.
Published: Apr. 13, 2021 at 9:29 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 15, 2021 at 8:12 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Officials with Knoxville Police Department have identified the officers involved in the fatal shooting incident that occurred Monday, inside of Austin-East High School.

According to KPD, Officer Adam Willson, Lieutenant Stanley Cash, Officer Jonathon Clabough and Officer Brian Baldwin were involved.

Willson, who was wounded in the shooting, has been with the KPD since January 2001 and was currently serving as the School Resource Officer at Austin-East Magnet High School.

Lieutenant Cash has been with the KPD since October 2001, Clabough has been with the KPD since February 2017 and Baldwin since October 2004. Cash, Clabough, and Baldwin are all assigned to the East District patrol.

Per departmental policy, the involved officers have been placed on temporary administrative leave.

Officials with the Knoxville Police Department said Adam Willson the officer injured during a shooting at Austin-East High School Monday is recovering following surgery.

KPD announced Officer Adam Willson is “in good spirits and doing well after surgery.”

According to the TBI, officers entered the restroom where an armed student had been reported. Officers were involved in a struggle with the student identified as Anthony J. Thomspon Jr. Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation originally reported Thompson fired shots that hit Officer Willson. During their investigation, TBI revealed preliminary examinations indicate the bullet that struck Officer Willson was not fired from the student’s handgun.

Willson was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with a leg injury. According to Officer Willson’s son, a bullet was just inches away from causing a much more serious injury.

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