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Report: Jackson’s death listed as 'justifiable homicide'

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Larry Eugene Jackson Jr.’s death was listed as a “justifiable homicide” in the custodial death report filed with the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

The report confirms much of what was already reported by the Austin Police Department in the case: On the afternoon of July 26, 32-year-old Jackson attempted to visit a Central Austin bank, which was closed due to a robbery earlier that day. Detective Charles Kleinert briefly talked with Jackson outside the bank before he ran off. Kleinert chased Jackson and with the help of a civilian driver, the detective caught up with him near Shoal Creek. The two struggled and Kleinert shot Jackson once in the back of the neck, killing him. Police said they have reason to believe Jackson was at the bank to commit a fraud, though they have not released additional information on the suspected crime.

The document says that Jackson’s cause of death was “accidental injury, intoxication, suicide or homicide,” but the apparent manner of death is listed as “justifiable homicide.” The report goes on to state Jackson was not intoxicated or mentally impaired at the time of his death.

In a press conference shortly after the shooting, APD Assistant Chief Brian Manley said the force was looking into whether the shooting was accidental or intentional.

City Manager Marc Ott announced Monday the Department of Justice will review the Jackson shooting, saying, “It’s clear to me that we need to have a broader dialogue about APD’s use of force issues. We’ll be talking to them about the best course of action to do that.”

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