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The Austin police detective who fatally shot a man this summer retired from the Austin Police Department Tuesday.

By retiring early, the Austin Police Association says Charles Kleinert will be eligible to receive his police pension.

In July, Kleinert chased after Larry Jackson Jr. when employees at Benchmark Bank claimed he was attempting to commit forgery.

Kleinert caught up to Jackson and the two struggled. During that altercation, the detective claims his gun went off, killing Jackson.

Jackson's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Kleinert and Austin police.

The Austin Police Association says all the legal distractions were too much for the detective and APD did not support Kleinert.

"Well other officer-involved shootings the chief has said it himself; totally inappropriate to weigh in before the grand jury has a chance to look at the case. The chief, this time, is doing it completely opposite. With the leak that occurred immediately after his compelled statement…we we're...we're at a loss to figure out why are you politicizing this thing? Let the process work, stick to protocol. But- our pleas were unanswered," said Wayne Vincent, President of the Austin Police Association.

Austin Police Chief Acevedo released a statement saying, as a result of Detective Kleinert's retirement, the APD internal administrative investigation will be closed.

The criminal investigation remains pending.

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