Brother: Justin Thompson "Uped" His Gun At Off-Duty MPD Officer

Brother: Justin Thompson "Uped" His Gun At Off-Duty MPD Officer

The night 15-year-old Justin Thompson went to meet off-duty Memphis Police officer Terrance Shaw, he was not alone.
MEMPHIS, TN -- The night 15-year-old Justin Thompson went to meet off-duty Memphis Police officer Terrance Shaw, he was not alone.

According to police records given to localmemphis.com, Thompson's older brother, Anthony Simmons, was with Thompson on September 24th when the two went to meet Shaw.

Thompson was shot and killed by Shaw. Shaw claimed he shot Thompson during an armed robbery attempt.

New documents, including a transcript of an interview between Simmons and homicide detectives seem to back up Shaw's claims.

The interview was conducted 5 1/2 hours after Thompson was shot. In the interview, detectives ask Simmons how he knows Thompson.

"He is my blood brother," Simmons responds.

Detectives then ask Simmons if he was with Thompson when Thompson was shot. Simmons answers that he was. 

Q: "Was your Brother Justin armed, if so, with what?" detectives asked.

A: "He had a little small black gun, like a little deuce deuce automatic?" Simmons answered.

Q: "Are you referring to a twenty two?" 

A: "Yes."

Q:" Describe the events prior to, during, and after the shooting?"

A: "My brother asked me to go with him to serve someone some green. We walked from the Fast Check on Winchester to the street where it all happened. The dude was already there. He stepped out of the car. My brother asked him how much he had. Dude said I got twenty. My brother uped his gun at the dude, and dude shot my brother one time. I fast walked off, and went to my mama's house and told her what happened."

Q: "Where were you standing when the shooting occured?"

A: "On the sidewalk."

Q: "How far apart were you and your Brother standing?"

A: "Not that far apart. It was more than an arm's length."

In a summary of the interview, Simmons told the detectives that his brother did not have any marijuana on him that night.

Shaw was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing. 

"There is insufficient evidence to create a reasonable chance for a conviction against Mr. Shaw, particularly when considered with the foreseeable defense that could be raised under the evidence," Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich wrote at the time.

Reached by phone on Thursday night, Shaw said he hopes this shows people that he is not a monster. Shaw resigned during an MPD administrative hearing into his conduct.
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