Kenosha cop who shot Jacob Blake identified

The Wisconsin Department of Justice on Wednesday identified the officer who shot Jacob Blake as Officer Rusten Sheskey.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, police were called to the 2800 block of 40th Street Sunday after a woman said her boyfriend “was present and was not supposed to be on the premises.”

Officers arrived at the scene and attempted to arrest 29-year-old Blake, at one point using a Taster in an attempt to stop him, but that attempt was unsuccessful, the DOJ said.

“Mr. Blake walked around his vehicle, opened the driver’s side door, and leaned forward,” a press release from the department read. “While holding onto Mr. Blake’s shirt, Officer Rusten Sheskey fired his service weapon 7 times. Officer Sheskey fired the weapon into Mr. Blake’s back. No other officer fired their weapon.”

Authorities noted that the Kenosha Police Department does not have body cameras, “therefore the officers were not wearing body cameras.”

According to the release, Blake admitted to investigators that he did have a knife at the time and a knife was recovered from the driver’s side floorboard of his vehicle. No other weapons were found, the report said.

The officers “immediately provided medical aid,” the DOJ said, and Blake was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.

The shooting left Jacob paralyzed from the waist down and his family said he will need a miracle to walk again.

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