Detective Charles Kleinert, the Austin police officer who shot and killed 32-year-old Larry Eugene Jackson in July, has retired from the Austin Police Department, effective immediately.
"At approximately 4:30 p.m. APD Detective Charles Kleinert notified the Department that he had retired effective immediately," Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said in a statement to media. "As a result of Detective Kleinert’s retirement, the APD internal Administrative Investigation will be closed. The criminal investigation remains pending with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office."
On July 26, Kleinert was investigating a robbery at the Benchmark Bank along 35th Street when Larry Jackson approached the bank.
Jackson was unable to enter the bank because the doors were locked and when he tried a second time, a bank manager stepped out to speak with him.
After a brief conversation, the manager was convinced that Jackson was there to “commit fraud,” according to police, though what type of fraud and why the manager believed that were never revealed.
The manager went back inside and told Kleinert, who stepped outside to speak with Jackson. After a few minutes of conversation, police say Jackson ran away. Kleinert pursued the 32-year-old and commandeered a bystander’s car in the process.
Kleinert caught up with Jackson on 34th Street, near Shoal Creek. The chase led the two men beneath a bridge where they grappled and Jackson was shot once, killing him.
The detective told investigators his weapon had fired accidentally during a brief struggle.
Jackson’s family has hired Adam Loewy, the local lawyer who has represented the families of several other men killed by Austin police, and has filed lawsuits against Kleinert and the city of Austin.
The Travis County grand jury seated on Oct. 1 is expected to decide the near future if the detective will face criminal charges.