Thirty-nine days ago we felt the anguish of a mother's loss.
"I know who shot my son. I know who killed my son. For no reason at all. It was an off-duty police officer," claimed Shirley Thompson. "I'm going to get to the bottom. I want answers. I want answers."
In September, the death of a 15-year old boy prompted a perplexed mayor of Memphis to seek help from the outside to lead an investigation to find the truth.
"Because of some facts we know preliminarily the TBI (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation) has been called into investigate that," said Mayor A C Wharton.
Yet six weeks later the only remnants that remain of what took place Set. 24, when teenager Justin Thompson died on a lawn near the corner of Jenkins and Wooddale, are rain-bloated stuffed toys.
The officer involved in the shooting, 28-year-old Terrance Shaw, remains on paid leave.
Although she would not go on air, TBI Public Relations Director Kristen Helm told FOX13 News by phone the bureau's investigation will not be concluded for another two months before the findings will be turned over to the Shelby County District Attorney's office.
But, as FOX13 News discovered while the investigation inches along, there have been strange developments involving both the victim's family and the police officer at the center of the probe.
Just this week, Thompson and her family apparently vacated the home they rented at 3461 Jenkins. A message on Thompson's phone says it will no longer accept outside calls. Even more disturbing were the allegations made us by several neighbors who admittedly did not want come on camera out of fear of repercussions, that Officer Shaw has been seen several times cruising the streets around the shooting scene, including right in front of the former Thompson home two days before they moved.
On the night of the shooting it was reported Officer Shaw didn't live in the area. The initial focus of the TBI investigation was to find out what, if any, communications the officer and the teenager had before the shooting.
While the TBI still works on the case file the Memphis Police Department's stated position is Shaw was a victim of robbery attempt and the teenager was the perpetrator.
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