Kenosha officer identified, investigators find knife in Jacob Blake's vehicle |

Kenosha officer identified, investigators find knife in Jacob Blake's vehicle

Updated: August 26, 2020 11:13 PM

The Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake has been identified, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice says investigators found a weapon after a police shooting that led to days of protests in southern Wisconsin. 

The officer is Rusten Sheskey, a seven-year member of the Kenosha Police Department. The DOJ confirmed Sheskey fired his gun seven times into 29-year-old Jacob Blake's back. 

"Law enforcement immediately provided medical aid to Mr. Blake," a press release said. "Flight for Life transported Mr. Blake to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Mr. Blake remains at the hospital." 

Blake's family says he is paralyzed from the waist down. 

The Department of Justice also said Wednesday evening that Blake allegedly admitted he had a knife, and a knife was found on the driver's side floorboard of Blake's vehicle. They say there were no other weapons found. 

A press release said officers tried to tase Blake first, but he did not stop. 

The DOJ says Sheskey was the only one who fired his gun, but all law enforcement involved are cooperating with the investigation. At a Wednesday afternoon press conference, Kenosha Police Chief Dan Miskinis said three officers are on administrative leave.

The Kenosha Police Department does not have body camera equipment. 

The Division of Criminal Investigation, or DCI, is in charge of finding out what happened and referring the information for charges. They say they hope to provide a report to a prosecutor in 30 days. 


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