A student who was fatally shot during a confrontation with the police on Monday at a Knoxville, Tenn., high school did not fire the bullet that struck an officer who was wounded, the authorities said on Wednesday.
The disclosure by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation contradicted its earlier statements that the police officer had been shot by the student at Austin-East Magnet High School.
The bureau said on Wednesday that the student’s gun had been fired in a struggle with officers. “Preliminary examinations indicate the bullet that struck the KPD officer was not fired from the student’s handgun,” the bureau said in a statement.
Investigators declined to say whether the bullet that struck the officer in the leg had come from his own gun or from another officer’s weapon.
Adam Willson, a school resource officer at the high school and a 20-year veteran of the force, is expected to recover.
“During investigations, agents discover facts that may clarify initial reports,” the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a statement on Wednesday. “This is why our agency uses terms in our releases such as ‘preliminary,’ ‘possibly,’ and ‘reportedly.’”
A spokesman for the Knoxville Police Department declined to comment on Wednesday night, saying it would not be appropriate until the bureau and the district attorney general had completed their review of the case.
The bureau, which is led by David B. Rausch, a former Knoxville police chief, presides over all investigations of shootings involving officers in Tennessee.
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Ms. Kincannon said there were complications over the release of the body camera footage because it had been taken inside a school and involved a minor. She said that Ms. Allen had declined requests to make the footage public.
“General Allen explained that she made this decision in order to maintain the integrity of the on-going investigation and to protect the constitutional rights of anyone who might be charged as a result of this investigation,” she said. “I will continue to push for transparency and communication as this investigation continues.”