New details released in officer-involved shooting death

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News

kvue.com

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 29 at 10:41 PM

AUSTIN -- Police have released new information in a Central Austin officer-involved shooting, including the name of the detective involved.

According to the Austin Police Department, Detective Charles Kleinert, a 19-year veteran of the department, shot and killed Larry Eugene Jackson Jr., 32, on Friday, July 26.

Investigators say Jackson approached the Benchmark Bank along the 1500 block of West 35th Street just after 4 p.m. on Friday. The doors were locked after the bank was robbed earlier in the day.

Officers say Jackson tried to open the bank doors twice. After the second time, a bank manager stepped out to speak with Jackson. The employee told Detective Kleinert that Jackson gave him suspicious identification. Police said in a press conference Monday evening they believe he was about to commit a fraud.

When Detective Klienert stepped outside, Jackson took off running, according to police, leading Kleinert on a foot chase into a nearby park.

Kleinert caught up to Jackson at a nearby bridge along Shoal Creek. Officers say an altercation began and the officer's service weapon was discharged. Police say they do not yet have specifics about the struggle that ensued. They did say the weapon was discharged one time, fatally striking Jackson in the back of the neck. Police are investigating whether the discharge was intentional or accidental. Police say it's not yet clear whose hand the gun was in. No weapon was found on Jackson.

According to a spokesman for the Austin Police Association, Detective Kleinert has been with APD since July 8, 1994. Prior to his involvement in the academy he was assigned to The Crime Prevention Unit as a civilian employee. At this time Kleinert is assigned to the APD Robbery Unit. He is on restricted duty with pay.

Officers confirm that Jackson is not the man who robbed the bank Friday morning.

According to a public data search, Jackson has extensive criminal history involving assault, forgery, possession of marijuana and other crimes.

Family friends say Jackson has three children, is not married and lives with his mother. He had been doing "odd jobs" to make money.

Police are still searching for the bank robber. They've released surveillance photos of a possible witness who saw the shooting take place.

Anyone who recognizes the man in the photo is asked to call the Austin Police Department tip line at (512) 974-6840.

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