Warner's motor home, parked on a downtown street of Tennessee's largest city, exploded at dawn on Friday moments after police responding to reports of gunfire noticed it and heard music and an automated message emanating from the vehicle warning of a bomb.
The 63-year-old was killed in the blast, which damaged more than 40 businesses.
- Here's what we know. On Wednesday morning, August 21, 2019, South Precinct patrol officers responded to Syfert Lane on a report from an attorney that a woman who lived there had made suicidal threats, and was sitting on her front porch with firearms. Upon arrival, officers saw the woman did have two pistols on the front porch next to her. But they were not in her possession and were unloaded. The woman said the guns belonged to Tony Warner, and that she did not want them in the house any longer.
During the officers' conversation with the woman, she said that her boyfriend, Warner, was building bombs in an RV trailer at his residence. The attorney said that Warner frequently talked about military and bomb making, and that he believed Warner and knew what he was doing and was capable of making a bomb.
Out of concern for the woman's emotional state, officers called mobile crisis. They, in turn, spoke with the woman and determined that she was in need of care. Based on what they heard, South Precinct officers responded to Warner's home on Baker Town Road, knocked on the door, but received no answer. They saw the RV in the backyard. It was fenced off, and they could not see inside the RV.
Officers tried several times to get a response at the door. They knocked and knocked and knocked, but never made contact with Anthony Warner. Also, Paula recalled asking whether he could just take a look inside the RV parked behind one his home. Also, Paula recalls the attorney telling him that Warner did not care for the police. And I'm not going to be able to let him let you all do that. It's a quote.
Also, Paula recalls the attorney saying that Warner is capable of making a bomb, but didn't believe he was doing so, and didn't believe he was violent. We did not have the knowledge, in August 2019, and we had no legal basis for search warrants or subpoenas, based on what we knew at the time.