South Lake Tahoe police-involved shooting investigation still under wraps |

South Lake Tahoe police-involved shooting investigation still under wraps

Jack Barnwell

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The attorney representing the family of a Sacramento man who died in June expressed frustration over the delay of a final investigation report by the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office.

Alan Laskin, a Sacramento-based attorney, said Monday, Dec. 7, that he requested information related to the death of Kris Jackson, 22, multiple times to no avail.

Jackson was shot on June 15 at Tahoe Hacienda Inn on Lake Tahoe Boulevard by a South Lake Tahoe police officer.

According to police reports at the time, officers responded to the motel to investigate an alleged domestic dispute. After entering the hotel room, officer Joshua Klinge reportedly assessed the situation and saw Jackson near the window of his motel room. The department later stated that Klinge felt Jackson represented a threat.

Jackson was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital for treatment, but died from his wound.

The District Attorney’s Office assumed responsibility for the investigation and Klinge was placed on paid administrative leave.

The District Attorney’s office reported Monday that it was still wrapping up the final investigation, and the report will likely be released in the next few weeks.

Laskin said the length of the investigation was disconcerting.

“My clients have been waiting since June 15 to find out what happened,” he said.

The only information Laskin’s office was able to obtain were medical records from Barton Memorial Hospital. He said the records showed that the bullet’s entrance wound was in Jackson’s back.

He said the family plans to bring a civil suit over Jackson’s death.

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