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Wisconsin DOJ Confirms Jacob Blake Was Armed When He Was Shot

by Sandy Malone and Christopher Berg

Kenosha, WI – The Wisconsin Department of Justice confirmed Wednesday that Jacob Blake was armed with a knife when he was shot on Sunday.

“During the investigation following the initial incident, Mr. Blake admitted that he had a knife in his possession,” a Wisconsin DOJ statement said. “DCI agents recovered a knife from the driver’s side floorboard of Mr. Blake’s vehicle. A search of the vehicle located no additional weapons.”

The department also identified the officer who shot Blake as Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey, a seven-year veteran of the department.

The incident that led to Blake’s shooting began just after 5 p.m. on Aug. 23 when officers responded to a call about a domestic disturbance at a home in the 2800-block of 40th Street in Kenosha, WTMJ reported.

The woman who called 911 told dispatchers that Blake “isn’t supposed to be there and he took the complainant’s keys and is refusing to give them back,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

The dispatcher advised the responding officers that there was an alert for a wanted person at that address.

It turned out that Blake had a warrant from another domestic incident in May, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

He was wanted on charges of third-degree sexual assault, trespassing, and disorderly conduct in connection with domestic abuse that occurred at the same address, according to Newsweek.

Kenosha police officers do not have bodycams but two cell phone videos have been released that showed views of the incident from opposite sides of the street.

A video that showed Blake running away from police before leaning into his car and being shot by an officer went wildly viral and sparked violent riots in Kenosha.

The second video that was released actually showed what happened that led up to the shooting.

It showed Blake actively struggling with at least two Kenosha police officers at the right rear of his vehicle.

In the video, it appeared the officers were trying to restrain the suspect before he got up and walked away from them.

The new perspective on the shooting lends additional context to the first viral video that was released that showed an officer shooting Blake in the back multiple times as he leaned into the SUV.

The witness who filmed it, 22-year-old Raysean White, told NBC News he saw “police out there wrestling” with the man who was later identified as Blake.

White said he witnessed a female officer deploying a Taser at Blake right before he started filming.

The video showed two police officers, with their weapons drawn, following Blake around a gray SUV as he made his way to the driver’s door.

“They were also yelling drop the knife,” White told NBC News. “I didn’t see any weapons in his hands, he wasn’t being violent.”

But the second video released proved that witnesses’ reports that Blake wasn’t fighting with police before he was shot were untrue.

And White’s video revealed an object in Blake’s left hand as he ran from police that looked like a curved-blade knife.

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Written by
Christopher Berg

Editor-in-Chief: Twitter/@SnarkyCop. Christopher left his job as a police officer to manage The Police Tribune to provide context to the public about police incidents. Before becoming a police officer, he worked as a law enforcement dispatcher trainer.

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