AUSTIN (KXAN) - More than four days after a man was shot and killed by an Austin Police detective, several questions still remain.
Police say Larry Eugene Jackson Jr. started running from the Benchmark Bank after providing false information to a bank employee about who he was. Det. Charles Kleinert, who was investigating a robbery at the bank that happened a few hours earlier, ran after Jackson. Minutes later Kleinert fatally shot Jackson.
Police Chief Art Acevedo says Kleinert will undergo questioning for the internal affairs investigation in the next couple of days.
The department is investigating whether Kleinert violated department policy by chasing Jackson. In the APD Policy Manual, there are more than a dozen reasons listed why an officer should consider stopping a foot pursuit. First on the list is when the officer is acting along.
In Monday's news conference, Assistant Chief Brian Manley did not indicate Kleinert had back-up or that he requested it.
The department's policy also states an officer should call in information about the pursuit as soon as possible and "any officer unable to promptly and effectively broadcast this information should terminate the pursuit."
Manley said at one point during the pursuit, Kleinert stopped a motorist to help him catch up to Jackson.
According to the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, when officers are doing their jobs and meet resistance, they can call on citizens for help and the citizen must obey the officer.
Kevin Lawrence, executive director of the Texas Municipal Police Association, said involving citizens is generally not a good idea.
"It's not something you would think about doing but there may be circumstances where that's the only way to get the job done to protect somebody or to protect yourself," Lawrence said.
Kleinert's yearly evaluations dating back to 1994, when he joined the Austin police force, show a very clean record with high review marks. He has never been disciplined.
In his performance reviews, supervisors have bragged about his work ethic, said he is well respected among peers and is a mentor to younger detectives. He was also described as an officer who will have no trouble climbing the ranks.
When it comes to training, 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.
Police are still trying to figure out if the gun went off accidentally. It was not in the detective's holster when it was fired.
Officers said no weapons were found on Jackson.
Like some community members, Austin city councilman Mike Martinez has concerns about the shooting including Kleinert's initial reaction to chase after Jackson.
"The policy is clear that certain actions must take place when a felony pursuit is ensued," Martinez said. "It doesn't appear from the info I've seen from media reports that all of the protocols were adhered to."
Martinez also said the city manager did not send official word to him or other council members about the shooting until Monday night after Martinez called him. In past cases, Martinez says information was provided by the city within an hour.
"That to me is an internal process breakdown here at City Hall and it is something I expect to be addressed as well," Martinez said.
Searches also revealed Jackson did have a criminal record. His two most recent convictions came after arrests in 2008 for assault and financial instrument forger. That type of charge is made when police arrest someone for falsifying a check, money order or financial transaction card.
In-Depth: APD Policy
The executive director of the largest police union in Texas says policies can be a grey area, talking about what officers should do in a given situation and not what they must do.
"If a policy says you have to do X when Y occurs, that's a bad policy," said Kevin Lawrence, executive director of the Texas Municipal Police Association.
"Policy needs to direct, it doesn't need to proscribe conduct. It needs to say you should, you should try to, you should make every effort to...but there are some times when you just can't.
"We're in a business where we have to make decisions, we have to take action on a split second basis. You don't have time to sit there and think through the policy manual. You've got to react based on the circumstances that are in front of you...which is why training is critical."
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