Metro police chief announces review of 2019 response to Anthony Warner’s home

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Posted at 8:49 AM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 11:23:34-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake has announced that a five-person group will review the department’s response to Anthony Warner’s home a year before the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville.

Chief Drake announced the review on Thursday, saying three members of the group would be from outside the police department.

Deputy Chief Dwayne Greene and attorney/Professional Standards Division head Kathy Morante will be joined in the review by Nashville attorney and former United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Ed Yarbrough, Community Oversight Board Executive Director Jill Fitcheard, and Metro Council Member Jennifer Gamble, chair of the Public Safety Committee.

“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,” Chief Drake said. “The review will focus specifically on 2019 to determine whether any gaps existed from which we can learn moving forward. I thank these five persons for taking part in the After Action Review and I look forward to their report.”

NewsChannel 5 Investigates found that police were warned that Warner was making bombs in his RV more than a year before the Christmas morning attack in downtown Nashville.

The tip came from Warner's distraught girlfriend in August of 2019. Police went to Warner's home the day of the complaint but were unable to make contact with him.

The police report from August 21, 2019, shows police responded to the home of a woman who had threatened to kill herself.


She told officers that her boyfriend - Anthony Warner - "was building bombs in the RV trailer at his residence." The case was later closed as unfounded.

Drake addressed the report last week, saying officers didn't have enough probable cause to search the home or RV. "We had no legal basis for search warrants or subpoenas based on what we knew at the time," he said on December 30.

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