Man charged with providing handgun to Knoxville student fatally shot by police

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Knox County District Attorney’s Office has charged a man for providing a handgun to Anthony Thompson Jr., the 17-year-old student killed in a shooting at a Knoxville high school last month.

Kelvon Foster, 21, has been charged with providing a handgun to juveniles. Federal officials also obtained complaints charging him with making false statements in connection with the purchase of a firearm.


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An arrest warrant states Thompson went to Harvey’s Pistol & Pawn in Knoxville on April 5 and met with Foster. Thompson viewed the handguns for sale and left the pawnshop. Foster then purchased a handgun and met with Thompson later that day. Foster admitted to exchanging the pistol for cash and marijuana.


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Knoxville Police responded to Austin-East High School on April 12 as part of a domestic violence investigation. Thompson was carrying the firearm when officers attempted to apprehend him in a school bathroom. Officers fatally shot Thompson during a struggle after they saw the firearm on his person. The gun discharged during the altercation and struck a nearby trash can.


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Officer Adam Wilson was shot by Officer Jonathan Clabough, who was the only one to discharge his service weapon, during the struggle.

The misdemeanor charge of providing a handgun to juveniles carries a punishment up to 11 months and 29 days in jail time. Foster could face imprisonment of up to 10 years and other penalties if convicted of the federal offense.


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Foster entered a not guilty plea and was released on conditions of supervision. This case will be docketed in General Sessions Court by the Knox County Clerk’s Office.

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