AUSTIN -- KVUE News has learned Austin is in backroom negotiations to possibly pay a sizable amount of cash to the children of a man killed by a now retired police detective.
The detective shot Larry Eugene Jackson Jr. last summer, following an incident that began at a bank and ended under a bridge.
The city council could vote on this proposal Thursday. The city hopes this cash settlement will prevent a lawsuit on behalf of Jackson's three young children.
The terms of the agreement are still being worked out, including the amount of money they would get.
The shooting happened on July 26 near the Benchmark Bank near Shoal Creek and 35th Street in central Austin.
Detective Charles Kleinert went to that bank investigating an unrelated robbery when Larry Jackson showed up and began acting suspiciously. Kleinert chased him and the two got into a struggle. Kleinert said his gun accidentally fired, striking Jackson in the back of the neck.
Austin attorney Bobby Taylor said he has been quietly meeting with city lawyers to get money for Jackson's children, ages 9, 10 and 12.
"The shooting should not have occurred," Taylor said. "We all agree that we can't bring Larry Jackson back. So the question is, now what do we do. I feel we can talk in terms of some kind of financial remuneration and the city has been very open with me and I feel comfortable that we can probably resolve it Thursday."
In the past, similar settlements resulted in cash payments to families ranging from $750,000 to more than $1 million. But those settlements actually came after lawsuits had been filed.
That money would come from the city's budget, funded by taxpayers. Taxpayers will have no say in this matter unless they call city council members and voice their opinions.
Jackson's parents have filed a separate lawsuit that has not been resolved.
Kleinert retired from the police department several months after the shooting.