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District Attorney still investigating June South Lake Tahoe officer-involved shooting

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Kris Jackson
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Timeline of june 15 officer-involved fatal shooting

2:40:21 a.m. : Call into dispatch received and the caller reports a female crying and screaming

2:41:27 a.m .: Two officers were dispatched.

2:47:28 a.m. : Officers arrive on scene.

2:49:39 a.m. : The involved officer reports on the radio that someone is going out the back window.

2:49:57 a.m .: The involved officer reports the shooting to dispatch.

2:50:13 a.m .: An ambulance is requested.

2:56:46 a.m. : The ambulance arrived on scene.

Source: South Lake Tahoe Police Department

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office is still investigating a June 15 officer-involved shooting in South Lake Tahoe.

The incident resulted in the death of Kris Jackson, a 22-year-old Sacramento resident, at Tahoe Hacienda Inn on Lake Tahoe Boulevard. The shooting occurred at approximately 2:50 a.m.

“The District Attorney’s Office is in the conclusionary stage of the investigation regarding the officer-involved shooting of Kris Jackson,” said Dave Stevenson with the District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday, Oct. 27. “We expect the report in its entirety in the very near future.”

Jackson was reportedly shot by South Lake Tahoe police officer Joshua Klinge, who responded with another officer to a call involving a woman who was alleged to be crying and screaming at the hotel.

South Lake Tahoe Police Department dispatch records indicate Jackson was going out the back window of his hotel room when officers reported he was shot.

According to June 16 police reports, Jackson was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries at 5 a.m. on June 15. Investigators said Jackson was unarmed.

South Lake Tahoe Police Chief Brian Uhler said Klinge remains on paid administrative leave while the District Attorney’s Office completes its investigation.

Sacramento attorney Alan Laskin, who is representing Jackson’s family in a civil case, said by phone Tuesday that he expects the report to be released by the end of October.

The District Attorney’s Office didn’t confirm the report’s exact release date.

According to Laskin, the final investigation report would allow him to properly prepare for upcoming civil litigation. He added that, while he consistently requested documents related to the case, including the medical examiner’s report on Jackson’s death, there has been no cooperation from the District Attorney’s Office.

“Nothing is going to change,” Laskin said. “We are still going to pursue the case.”

Laskin previously stated that Barton Memorial Hospital medical records show a bullet entered Jackson’s mid-back and exited through his sternum and that Klinge didn’t follow proper procedures.

Uhler, in July, told Tahoe Daily Tribune that there was no evidence to support Laskin’s claim. The police department, in its June 16 news release, stated that Klinge perceived Jackson as a threat.

Laskin said the final District Attorney’s Office report will determine whether Klinge will be charged for Jackson’s death or not.

“Even if the District Attorney’s Office doesn’t prosecute, what the officer did was wrong,” Laskin said.

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