Two Raleigh police officers on administrative leave after teenage suspect allegedly killed five people

The Raleigh Police Department placed two of its officers on administrative leave after a 15-year-old allegedly killed five people on Oct. 13.

15-year-old Austin Thompson allegedly killed five people during a shooting in Raleigh’s Hedingham neighborhood, including his 16-year-old brother and an off-duty police officer who was on his way to work. Two others were also injured in the shooting.

Justin Thompson died after suffering both “an apparent gunshot wound and stab wound,” according to a preliminary police report released Thursday. Austin Thompson, the suspect, is in critical condition.

Austin Thompson allegedly exchanged gunfire with two police officers.

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A spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department told Fox News Digital that both Sergeant KM Smithey and Officer DM Garner were placed on administrative leave.

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The two officers were placed on administrative leave while an internal investigation into the shooting is underway, which is standard protocol in police-involved shootings.

Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman previously told Fox News Digital that she plans to charge the 15-year-old as an adult “assuming he recovers.”

Recreational Officer Gabriel Torres, 29; Nicole Connors, 52; Susan Karnatz, 49; and Mary Marshall, 35; are among the people who died in the shooting.

Another Raleigh police officer was also released from the hospital in the days after the shooting. Marcille Lynn Gardner, 59, is in critical condition after she was shot just days before her 60th birthday.

Police said the first 911 call about the shooting was made at 17.09, followed by another at 17.14 regarding two people who were down after shots were fired.

The first three victims were Justin Thompson, Gardner and Connors. Police were later informed that Officer Torres was shot by a man wearing camouflage and in possession of a shotgun.

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Police also said a preliminary investigation reveals that other than his brother, no connection existed between the victims and the 15-year-old suspect other than living in the same neighborhood.

“As the search area expanded, several nearby buildings to include schools and assisted living facilities initiated lockdown protocols,” Raleigh Police Chief Estella D. Patterson said in the report.

Police officers found Thompson at 6:42 p.m. in an area around McConnell Oliver Drive with two “barn-like” buildings.

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Officers fired a total of about 23 shots in the direction of Thompson after responding to the area, but tactical officers did not enter one of the buildings until 11 p.m. 9:34 p.m. when they found the 15-year-old suspect down with a single. gunshot wound.

“At the time, he was wearing camouflage clothing and a backpack, and a handgun was in his waistband. The backpack contained various items, including several types of shotgun/rifle ammunition. A sheath for a large knife was found clipped to his belt, and a large hunting knife was found in the front in the outhouse. A shotgun and shotgun shells were on the ground near him,” Patterson wrote in the report.

Thompson was handcuffed by police officers at 21.36

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According to the report, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the circumstances surrounding the two officers who allegedly exchanged gunfire with the 15-year-old.

Alan and Elise Thompson, the suspect’s parents, released a public statement Tuesday, saying they are “overcome with grief.”

“Words cannot begin to describe our anguish and grief,” the parents wrote in a statement obtained by The Associated Press. “Our son Austin caused the Raleigh community immeasurable pain and we are overwhelmed with grief for the innocent lives that have been lost.”

Alan and Elise Thompson said they “have so many unanswered questions.”

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“There was never any indication or warning sign that Austin was capable of doing anything like this,” Thompson’s wrote. “Our family will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement officials and do everything we can to help them understand why and how this happened.”

Raleigh Police Chief Estella D. Patterson said the crime scene continued “over 2 miles.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 919-996-1193.

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