Officer recovering after being shot at Tennessee high school

A police officer injured Monday in a shooting at a Tennessee high school, where he is also a resource officer, is now in recovery, according to authorities.

Knoxville Police Officer Adam Willson, who has been on the force 20 years, was shot in the upper leg at Austin-East Magnet High School and as of Tuesday was recovering from surgery, the department tweeted.

“We are grateful for the well wishes,” said Knoxville Police.
Knoxville police work the scene of a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School on Monday in Knoxville, Tenn. (Wade Payne/)

Officers responded to a report of a possible gunman at the school just before dismissal Monday afternoon, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David B. Rausch said at a press conference that night, The Associated Press reported.

The student refused to comply with officers ordering him out of a bathroom, which led him to begin shooting at officers, who returned fire and ultimately killed him, said Rausch.

The student has not yet been identified, nor has his motive for bringing the weapon to school. Why he fired is also not known.

Willson, the only other party injured in the incident, is expected to recover.

It was not made clear whether he was the officer who fatally shot the student.

“I am at a loss to describe my sadness as yet another horrific act of gun violence has happened in my community,” State Rep. Sam McKenzie, an Austin-East alumnus, said in a statement, in which he called on people to “reclaim the sanctity of our beloved neighborhood.”

Four Austin-East students, all of whom were Black, have been fatally shot near the school since the start of the year.

The victims were a 15-year-old male in late January, 16-year-old Stanley Freeman Jr. in mid-February, a 15-year-old girl days later, and 15-year-old Jamarion Gillette early last month. Gillette had been missing since October.

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