UPDATE: Knoxville PD identify officer injured during shooting at high school that left student dead


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — The Knoxville Police Department has identified the officer injured in a shooting at a Knoxville high school Monday.

According to a tweet from Knoxville PD, Officer Adam Willson was wounded during the shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School.

The tweet says Willson is recovering from surgery and is a 20-year veteran of the police force.

Willson was serving as a School Resource Officer at the high school.

Authorities say the person who shot and injured a police officer at a Knoxville high school Monday afternoon was a student of the school.

Knoxville police responded around 3:15 p.m. to a report of a male who was possibly armed at Austin-East Magnet High School.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says preliminary information indicates that officers located the armed person inside of a restroom in the school and ordered him out, but he refused to comply.

According to TBI, the suspect shot at officers as they entered the restroom, Willson in the upper leg. An officer then returned fire.

The suspect, identified as a student, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“This wasn’t a school shooting,” said TBI Director David Rausch. “This was an officer-involved shooting inside of a school.”

“At this point the student hadn’t done anything with the firearm until the officers engaged.”

The officer was taken to UT Medical Center for treatment. Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon said earlier that she visited with Officer Willson, and said he was in good spirits and that he would rather this happen to him than to someone else.

Monday night, Knoxville police said Willson was undergoing surgery and was listed in serious condition.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation into the shooting.

PHOTO: People gather outside Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville, Tenn., as Knoxville police work the scene following a shooting at the school Monday, April 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee tweeted Monday night, calling the shooting in part a “tragic situation.”

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