AUSTIN (KXAN) - The man who was killed by police gunfire Friday intended "to commit a fraud" at the bank he tried to enter while it was closed for a robbery investigation, police said Monday.
Assistant Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters that Larry Jackson Jr. presented a false ID to a bank official when he encountered the locked door. The official alerted Detective Charles Kleinert, who was investigating an unrelated robbery, Manley said.
The officer, wearing plain clothes with his credentials on his collar, talked to Jackson, who ran away after a few minutes, Manley said. The officer chased him, then got a ride from a passing motorist to help catch up with Jackson near the bridge over Shoal Creek at 34th Street.
After a struggle, Manley said, the officer's gun discharged one time and the bullet struck Jackson in the back of the head. No weapon was on Jackson according to police.
Police do not think the gun was holstered, but they say it is unclear whether the shot was fired accidentally or with purpose.
Meanwhile, the father of the man who was shot and killed in encounter with Austin police on Friday was searching for answers as he planned his son's funeral on Monday.
"He wasn't doing anything wrong; he was committing no crime." said Larry Jackson Sr., whose son and namesake died from gunfire on Friday afternoon near 34th Street and Shoal Creek.
Kleinert, a 19-year police veteran, is on paid leave. The shooting will be examined by the police department's internal affairs division, the district attorney's office and the office of police monitor.
Manley declined to elaborate on what type of fraud that Jackson was planning to commit or how he planned to commit it. He also said it was still unclear whether the detective fired his weapon or whether it discharged accidently.
Asked if it was necessary for the detective to chase Jackson or whether it was illegal for him to have run, Manley said was not illegal to flee. But he added: "It's never a good idea to run from police."
Larry Jackson Jr. had several previous run-ins with police, including at least six arrests and one conviction in 2009.
In-Depth: Citizen's Review Panel
This could be the first officer-involved shooting where the Citizen's Review Panel report will be available to the public even if the officer is not disciplined.The police union and the city council agreed to make those findings public in their most recent contract negotiations.
That agreement came just weeks after a KXAN Investigative report about the panel's recommendations in the Byron Carter case, which suggested Officer Nathan Wagner profiled carter, an African American, and recklessly caused his death back in May of 2011.
But Wagner wasn't disciplined in the case, he was never charged criminally, and a jury in the federal lawsuit brought by Carter's family ruled in favor of APD.
On Monday, Police Monitor Margo Frasier said she believes her report should also be made public and says the community should know her office is also investigating these shootings.
"Part of my job is to go there and make sure from the very beginning that the process is fair and thorough and that there's not even an opportunity for a cover-up," Frasier said.
The new rules about what's public from the Citizen's Review Panel apply to incidents that happen after October 1, when the new APD contract begins. However, the police union could vote to make this CRP report public, as well, since any decision about discipline in this case will likely come after that date.
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