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APD: Man killed in officer-involved shooting not connected to robbery

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Austin police released new information about an officer-involved shooting that occurred before a bank robbery on Friday.

Police can now confirm the 32-year-old man who was shot and killed in central Austin has no connection with the robbery at Benchmark Bank.

Larry Eugene Jackson, Jr. was considered to be acting suspiciously. Police say he tried to open the bank doors, twice.

"At this point a bank employee comes to the front door, unlocks it and goes to speak with Mr. Jackson. According to this bank employee, Mr. Jackson provided fictitious identification," said Assistant APD Chief, Brian Manley.

This is when police say Detective Charles Kleinert, dressed in plain clothes, went outside the bank to speak to Jackson.

Manley said, "We have specific information regarding the fictitious identification and that Mr. Jackson was at the bank in an attempt to commit a fraud."

"That is utter nonsense. Intending to commit a fraud. Intending to what? Go in and write a hot check when the place is surrounded by police?" asked Jim Harrington, with the Texas Civil Rights Project.

He says he wasn't allowed into the police press conference.

Harrington added, "APD is too quick to shoot and that's what this shooting on Friday showed. Their policy is totally, utterly clear that you cannot do what that officer did, even if he suspected that person was committing a crime--and I think that's probably profiling anyway."

For reasons unknown, Jackson ran away from the detective.

"Detective Kleinert pursued Mr. Jackson on foot, and one point, stopped a motorist and employs their aid to catch up to Mr. Jackson," added Manley.

When Kleinert caught up to him at the Shoal Creek Bridge, police say they struggled and the detective's gun fired--fatally hitting Jackson in the back of the neck.

"Part of the ongoing investigation will focus on whether his weapon discharged intentionally or accidentally," added Manley.

"Why don't they just admit the truth? That they screwed up and killed somebody, instead of weaving this spider web of lies," said Harrington.

A weapon was never found at the scene or on Jackson.

Harrington added, "This is the message the police are getting. Do what you want and Acevedo will protect you. It's time for the city council to hold Acevedo accountable for what's going on the streets of Austin."

Detective Kleinert is on "restricted duty," which means he is still getting paid, but not reporting to work.

This incident is under an administrative investigation, along with a criminal investigation involving the Travis County District Attorney's Office.

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