Nashville police could do more with tips ahead of the Christmas bombings, the report said

More than a year before the incident, a friend told police that Anthony Quinn Warner was making a bomb in a recreational vehicle in his yard.


Nashville police could do a better job following the 2019 tip about the bombing operation by the man who detonated an explosive device in Nashville on Christmas Day, a report released Wednesday.

Anthony Quinn Warner parked an RV in the Nashville tourist district early on December 25 before the blast that killed him, injured many others and seriously damaged dozens of buildings, including the AT&T network's main network. for hundreds of miles.

Police warned about Warner: More than a year ago, a friend told police he had planted a bomb in a recreational vehicle in his yard.

"There is no way to know whether the December 25, 2020 bombings could have been prevented," the report concluded. “What we can say with certainty is that following good habits and working hard is a good way to achieve good

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The report, compiled by a five-member team of senior police officers, a former U.S. attorney, a member of the executive council and a member of the city council, notes that law enforcement officials are following existing policies. But it also makes many recommendations for change. The report was requested by police chief John Drake, who received a copy on Friday.

Officials first heard of the allegations against Warner while answering a call that the woman was threatening to kill herself. According to the report, Pamela Perry "repeatedly said she felt like she was dying."

"He also said he believes Anthony Warner made his RV bombs at his home and will not die until he saves the 'innocent' from Mr Warner," the report said.

Several officers went to Warner's house later that day, but no one opened the door. They did not believe they had any reason to obtain a search warrant, but referred the case to the bombing group. Office spokesman Kevin Pollard told investigators he had repeatedly tried to track down Perry and contact Warner, but to no avail. The case has been left open but unanswered.

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However, Pollard did not record any of his communication efforts, a report released Wednesday. "In addition, Officer Pollard indicated that there was no attempt at any time to contact Anthony Warner's employer, family members, or neighbors near Warner's home." The report said Pollard would also seek legal advice on obtaining a search warrant.

The report recommends that in the future, members of the bombing group be joined by local detectives "to ensure that information does not enter the cracks." It also recommends a monthly review of the bombing of the group, a random study of the quarterly cases, and the establishment of a monthly explosives conference with representatives of state and federal security.

Released by the news on Wednesday, Drake said he had received all the recommendations, some of which he said were already being made, while others were ongoing.

"It is very important for all of us that any shortcomings are rectified," he said.