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Files tell Shaw's side in teen's fatal shooting

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Money and mentoring were both factors that may have played a role in the relationship between former Memphis Police officer Terrance Shaw and the 15-year-old he killed on Sept. 24, 2012.

FOX13 News has learned of Shaw's account of what happened the night Justin Thompson died. According to Shaw, he met Justin a month before the shooting. After Justin said his mother put him out, Shaw lent him some money during the three to four times they met up.

READ: Terrance Shaw's account on September 2012 fatal shooting

But investigators questioned Shaw's actions leading up to the night of the shooting. In fact, they say he showed a blatant disregard for the department, a lack of integrity, and judgment.

"I wish I could get more information," said Memphis Mayor A C Wharton. "Y'all know I expressed that concern a long time ago."

MORE: Shaw resigns from Memphis police in lieu of termination

According to Shaw's personnel records, he first met the 15-year-old at a Flash Market. After Shaw says he spotted Justin panhandling, the former policeman offered to help him out. Between August and September 2012, Shaw says he provided Justin food a few times and once loaned him $20.

Shaw says Justin claimed to be an 18-year-old student without stable living conditions.  

On the night Justin was killed, Shaw says they exchanged a series of text messages and one phone call. During that call, Shaw agreed to provide Justin money for food. But after Justin was a no show, Shaw searched for him until he found the teen at a vacant home.

That's when Shaw says Justin urged him to pull up in the carport area. But Shaw says he didn't do it after he felt uncomfortable and noticed an unidentified man by the carport.  

Then during a trip to the store in Shaw's car, he said Justin was acting very anxious. When they returned to the vacant home, Shaw says Justin stepped out of the vehicle, tried to rob him with a black revolver and became angry.  
Moments later Shaw says he fired his weapon and drove off.

"I think there are several questions that we had at the inception of it and there's still several and we don't feel like that as a police officer he should have allowed himself to be put in that position," said Police Director Toney Armstrong.

Records show police questioned Shaw's judgment multiple times. They say Shaw failed to check Justin's background, age, verify his living conditions, offer public resources to help Justin, or meet his parents.  

"I just, I pray every night," said Shirley Thompson, Justin's mother. "I'm just going to continue to pray until I get justice for him."

Despite Shaw's desire to mentor Justin, police say Shaw withheld information from the teenager. In fact, Shaw never told Justin he was a police officer. Ultimately, Memphis police said that created unanswered questions about the motivation for Shaw's interaction with Justin.

FOX13 News has also learned Shaw called police to report the shooting, but he failed to identify himself on a few occasions when asked by police dispatch.

After an internal hearing, police said Shaw violated discharging firearms and personal conduct policies. Shaw resigned from the police force in lieu of termination.

Shaw was cleared of any wrong-doing by the Shelby County District Attorney's Office.

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