AUSTIN (KXAN) - An Austin Police detective shot and killed 32-year-old Larry Jackson Jr. on July 26 after a foot chase and struggle underneath a Central Austin bridge Friday afternoon.
The officer involved has been identified as Detective Charles Kleinert.
Police say around 4 p.m., Jackson tried to get into the Benchmark Bank at 1508 W. 35th Street but wasn't able to enter since the bank's doors were locked due to an ongoing robbery investigation that stemmed from earlier in the day.
He tried to enter the locked bank twice before getting the attention of a bank manager inside who came outside to speak to the man.
"In speaking with the individual, he identified himself in a manner in which the bank manager recognized was not an accurate identification," said Assistant Chief Brian Manley. The bank manager went back inside and notified the detective of the suspicious activity.
The detective stepped outside and spoke with Jackson for about two to three minutes (all of which was caught on bank surveillance cameras) but then he decided to take off running.
The detective ran after Jackson and caught up with him less than 1/4 mile away underneath the 34th Street bridge over Shoal Creek.
"The detective and the subject were engaged in a physical struggle underneath this bridge," explained Manley. "During the struggle, the detective discharged his weapon and the suspect is deceased as a result of the gunfire."
Police say Larry Eugene Jackson Jr. -- is not the same man who robbed the Benchmark Bank earlier in the day . The suspect in that case is Caucasian, Larry Jackson Jr. was African-American.
A possible witness police were looking for following the incident was identified, located and interviewed on August 2. APD did not release any information about the findings of the interview.
Larry Jackson Jr. had several previous run-ins with police, including at least six arrests and one conviction in 2009.
Detective Kleinert has been an officer since 1994 and prior to that he was assigned to the Crime Prevention Unit. At the time of the incident he was assigned to the robbery unit.
The detective has been placed on paid administrative leave per department policy.
This was the sixth officer involved shooting in Austin this year.
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