Police Officer Who Shot Jacob Blake Named as More Details of Incident Released

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The police officer who shot Jacob Blake in the back has been named as Rusten Sheskey of the Kenosha Police Department, the Wisconsin Department of Justice has said.

It said that officer Sheskey fired his weapon seven times hitting Mr Blake in the back. No other officer discharged their weapon.

In a statement, the Department of Justice said that during its investigation into the shooting, Mr Blake admitted that he had a knife and that one was recovered from the driver’s side of Mr Blake’s car.

The statement said: “Kenosha Police Department officers were dispatched to a residence in the 2800 block of 40th Street on the evening of Sunday, 23 August after a female caller reported that her boyfriend was present and was not supposed to be on the premises.

“During the incident, officers attempted to arrest Jacob S Blake, age 29. Law enforcement deployed a taser to attempt to stop Mr Blake, however the taser was not successful in stopping Mr Blake.

“Mr Blake walked around his vehicle, opened the driver’s side door, and leaned forward. While holding onto Mr Blake’s shirt, officer Rusten Sheskey fired his service weapon seven times. Officer Sheskey fired the weapon into Mr Blake’s back.

“No other officer fired their weapon. Kenosha Police Department does not have body cameras, therefore the officers were not wearing body cameras.