Mom Remains Haunted by Son's Death as MPD Officer Resigns

Mom Remains Haunted by Son's Death as MPD Officer Resigns

The mother of a teen shot and killed by an off-duty Memphis Police officer says she's relieved that he resigned, but still troubled by the moments leading up to her 15-year-old son's death.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The mother of a teen shot and killed by an off-duty Memphis police officer says she's relieved that he resigned, but still troubled by the moments leading up to her 15-year-old son's death.

"It made be feel better, it is not just saying that I got closure, by him resigning," said Shirley Thompson.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said Monday night that Terrance Shaw resigned earlier in the day during the second day of his MPD administrative hearing.

Thompon's son Justin was shot and killed on September 24, 2012 after meeting with Shaw. Thompson said she recently gotten her son's cell phone back from investigators, and saw a series of texts between her son and Officer Shaw.

Shaw claimed he shot Thompson during a robbery attempt. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations looked into the shooting, with the Shelby County District Attorney deciding not to prosecute Shaw.

"I said to myself, what is a cop, a Memphis cop, doing texting a 15-year-old?" Thompson said as she looked at her son's phone.

"I want to know what they had going on," she added.

Thompson read the chain of texts. It appears Thompson and Shaw were trying to meet that night. What isn't clear is why the two were coordinating a meeting.

"There are no winners, there are no winners in this whole ordeal," said Director Armstrong.

"We don't feel like as a police officer he should have allowed himself to be put in that position," he added.

Thompson wonders why Shaw resigned if he had nothing to hide, as she continues to wonder why her son and Shaw were texting that night.

"I still haven't got closure by him resigning," she said.
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