A five-member panel will review how Nashville cops responded to a tip from the girlfriend of Christmas RV bomber Anthony Quinn Warner some 16 months earlier, police said Thursday.
Nashville Police Chief John Drake said the group will consist of three people from outside the Tennessee department to look into its response to Warner’s home on Aug. 21, 2019 — more than a year before authorities say he killed himself and wounded three others by setting off a bomb-packed RV on Christmas morning.
“These five persons will meet with the officers involved in the near future, hear the information they had in August 2019, and what they did at the time based on that information,” Drake said in a statement. “The review will focus specifically on 2019 to determine whether any gaps existed from which we can learn moving forward.”
The announcement comes more than a week after The Tennessean reported that Nashville cops went to Warner’s home following a tip from his girlfriend, claiming he was making bombs in the RV.
The woman said Warner “was building bombs in the RV trailer at his residence,” according to a Nashville police report that was forwarded to federal authorities.
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Warner’s girlfriend contacted police through an attorney who was concerned about comments she made. Responding cops then found her sitting on a porch with two unloaded guns nearby, the newspaper reported.
“She related that the guns belonged to a ‘Tony Warner’ and that she did not want them in the house any longer,” a police spokesman said in a statement to The Tennessean.
The woman’s attorney also told cops Warner “frequently” spoke about the military and making bombs, adding that he “knows what he is doing” and could build one, the police report shows.
Officers later went to Warner’s home, but he did not answer the door and cops left after spotting the RV behind the residence, where it was fenced off. Police could not see inside the vehicle, according to the report.
“They saw no evidence of a crime and had no authority to enter his home or fenced property,” the police spokesman told the newspaper of the attempt to contact Warner.
One day later, Nashville cops shared the report with FBI investigators to search their databases and the agency found “no records” of Warner, the police spokesman said.
“Somebody, somewhere dropped the ball,” the attorney for Warner’s girlfriend, Raymond Throckmorton III, told the Tennessean.
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