Source says officer claims fatal shot was accidental

An Austin police officer who fatally shot a man after a short pursuit last week told internal affairs investigators during a lengthy interrogation Thursday that he unintentionally fired his gun, the American-Statesman has learned. Detective Charles Kleinert told investigators that he had drawn his weapon as part of his effort to subdue Larry Eugene Jackson Jr. and that during a struggle between the two, Kleinert lost his balance, fell over and that a single round accidentally went off, several sources confirmed. Jackson, 32, was shot once in the back of the neck.

Kleinert had indicated at the scene of the July 26 shooting near 34th Street and Shoal Creek that the shooting was what police call an “accidental discharge,” according to the sources, but he provided far more detail during the extensive internal affairs interview.

The content of such interviews is confidential under state law. The sources, who had been informed of Kleinert’s responses, asked to remain anonymous because they weren’t authorized to speak.

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