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Mid-South mother fights for slain son's justice

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Shirley Thompson was shattered a year ago when her 15-year-old son Justin was reportedly shot on Wooddale Avenue by former Memphis Police Officer Terrance Shaw. Shirley Thompson was shattered a year ago when her 15-year-old son Justin was reportedly shot on Wooddale Avenue by former Memphis Police Officer Terrance Shaw.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Shelby County District Attorney cleared Officer Terrance Shaw saying they found no evidence to refute Shaw's story. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Shelby County District Attorney cleared Officer Terrance Shaw saying they found no evidence to refute Shaw's story.
Thompson was shattered when her 15-year-old son Justin was reportedly shot on Wooddale Avenue by former Memphis Police Officer Terrance Shaw. Thompson was shattered when her 15-year-old son Justin was reportedly shot on Wooddale Avenue by former Memphis Police Officer Terrance Shaw.
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(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South mother is fighting for justice for her son.

"September 24 of 2012, last year, my son was killed on this block by an off-duty police officer, which it was the worst day of my life," said mother Shirley Thompson.

Thompson was shattered when her 15-year-old son Justin was reportedly shot on Wooddale Avenue by former Memphis Police Officer Terrance Shaw.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Shelby County District Attorney cleared Officer Terrance Shaw saying they found no evidence to refute Shaw's story.

Shaw told police he met Justin a month before. He claimed he saw Justin begging for money outside a convenience store and thought he was homeless. Shaw claimed he was trying to help Justin, who was killed just yards away from home.

"To me what happened, I think, that officer was trying to get my son to do something that he didn't want to do, and that's when he killed my son," said Thompson.

Attorney Mark Renken is fighting on behalf of Shirley Thompson. He says Shaw and Justin had an inappropriate relationship.

"Mrs. Thompson wants answers, and she wants justice for her son. That's what we're trying to create. That's what we're trying to find," said Renken. "When you have a professional man in his late 20s texting a 15-year-old child and agreeing to meet .... With mom not having any idea that this person exists ... or what's going on ... That is very suspicious from the beginning, and then it ended so tragically."

Renken says there is no evidence of Justin having a weapon of any kind the night he was shot and killed.

He says the TBI records are sealed, and they are not getting any information about the case. Action News 5 tried contacting Memphis police as well as Terrance Shaw, but have not received a response.

Thompson says Justin was a smart child and he took care of her as she battled colon cancer. But just like she's fighting for her life, Thompson says she's going to keep fighting until she finds out what happened to her son.

"I want closure, and that's the only way I can get into them files is to find out what happened to my son is through a lawsuit," she said.

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