Gun imprint on victim’s neck, autopsy report says

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The imprint of a gun muzzle was found on the neck of a man shot and killed by an Austin police officer last year, according to an autopsy report.

The Travis County Medical Examiner’s office released the 10-page document on Friday surrounding the death of 32-year-old Larry Jackson Jr. It confirmed Jackson died as a result of a gunshot wound to the neck.

Earlier this month a grand jury indicted Austin Police Detective Charles Kleinert for manslaughter in Jackson’s death.

The autopsy report also says Jackson had broken ribs and bruises, but it was not clear if they were sustained during his struggle with the officer.

The grand jury’s ruling on May 12 said Kleinert created “a substantial and unjustifiable risk” when he attempted to physically control Jackson while holding a loaded gun, court documents said. It also said Kleinert recklessly caused Jackson’s death by striking him while holding a loaded firearm in that hand.

On July 26, Jackson showed up at a bank that had just been robbed — a crime scene Kleinert was investigating. Police said the detective began questioning Jackson after bank staff said they recognized him as a man who might try to defraud the bank.

When Jackson ran off after the detective questioned him, Kleinert followed the 32-year-old. The chase ended near Shoal Creek in Central Austin, and Kleinert’s position is that the deadly gunshot that hit Jackson in the neck was accidental.

Kleinert is expected to appear in court on June 24.

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