Wife of Larry Jackson Jr. suing City of Austin

Larry Jackson Jr.
Larry Jackson Jr.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The wife of a man killed by a former Austin police detective has filed a lawsuit against the city. Kirsten Jackson is seeking $250,000 in the suit.

According to police, on July 27, 2013, Kleinert was at the Benchmark Bank along West 35th Street, near Shoal Creek, investigating an unrelated bank robbery when Jackson tried to get into the bank but the doors were locked. When an employee told Kleinert that Jackson was trying to get into the bank, he stepped outside to talk to him but after a few minutes Jackson ran away.

Kleinert chased after Jackson and also received a ride from a passing motorist to help catch up with Jackson underneath the Shoal Creek bridge. After a struggle, the officer’s gun discharged one time striking Jackson in the back of the head. Jackson did not have a weapon on him.

Police believe Jackson was originally at the bank to commit fraud.

“He was saying he was someone he is not,” testified bank employee Sheila Bostick, saying during a hearing that Jackson wanted to withdraw money from his account. But he identified himself with the name of a customer very well-known to bank employees and best friends with the bank president.

Kleinert was indicted for manslaughter in May 2014 and his trial date has been tentatively set for Nov. 2.

The City of Austin approved a $1.25 million settlement for Jackson’s three children in 2014.

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