AUSTIN (KXAN) - Detective Charles Kleinert has been asked to give a formal interview to Austin Police Department Internal Affairs about last week's shooting that killed Larry Jackson, Jr.
Jackson was shot in the back of the neck on Friday after being chased on foot by Kleinert and an eventual struggle underneath the Shoal Creek bridge.
Police believe the confrontation between the two began when Jackson attempted to commit bank fraud at the same bank where Kleinert was investigating a bank robbery.
During the on-scene investigation, Kleinert gave his account of what happened but the formal interview will be part of Internal Affairs investigation into the use of deadly force.
Attorney Nadia Stewart has been hired to represent Kleinert whom could be subject to two different investigations. The Internal Affairs investigation will examine whether or not the use of deadly force was justified within the policies of APD and a Special Investigative Unit will investigate the potential for criminal charges against Kleinert.
Kleinert is not required to talk to the SIU and statements made to Internal Affairs will not be made available for the criminal investigation, a protection provided under "Garrity Rights."
Loewy hired by Jackson Family
Jackson's parents have hired attorney Adam Loewy to represent their family in any future legal proceedings regarding the shooting.
Loewy said they would wait until after Jackson's funeral on Saturday to conduct their own investigation into the shooting.
"In all the other police shootings, we've heard a narrative; that the officer felt in danger for his life. We have not heard that here," Loewy told KXAN Wednesday, "My clients are about to burry their son this weekend, and they still have no answers."
Even though APD detectives are not asked to respond to police calls, they do receive the training required to do so.
"They are required to do annual qualifications with their weapon and any other new training officers have to go through," said Lt. Joe Michalewicz.
Detectives are usually dressed in business attire, wearing only a police badge and a handgun on their belt, and perform most of their duties inside an office.
They are not typically equipped with the pepper spray, taser, radio, handcuffs, or flashlight that patrol officers are required to carry.
But they do some work in the field.
"They are preparing affidavits, getting warrants, and doing investigations," said Michalewicz. "However, they will have to out and do field interviews and investigations on the street."
All officers must also spend a minimum of four years on patrol before they are able to take the required testing to become a detective.
Kleinert has more than 4,700 hours under his belt. According to records provided by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, he underwent firearms training in April. In 2012, records show Kleinert went through firearms training in August and September.
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