He said Constable Sheskey fired his gun seven times hitting Mr. Blake in the back. No other officer discharged his weapon.
In a statement, the Justice Department said that during its investigation into the shooting, Blake admitted he had a knife and that it was recovered from the driver’s side of Mr Blake’s car.
According to the statement: “Officers from the Kenosha Police Department were sent to a residence in the 2800 block of 40th Street on the evening of Sunday August 23 after a woman reported that her boyfriend was present and was not there. not supposed to be at the scene.
“During the incident, officers attempted to arrest 29-year-old Jacob S. Blake. Law enforcement deployed a taser in an attempt to stop Mr. Blake, but the taser failed to stop Mr. Blake.
“Mr. Blake walked around his vehicle, opened the driver’s side door and leaned forward. While holding Mr. Blake’s shirt, Constable Rusten Sheskey fired his service weapon 7 times. Officer Sheskey fired the gun at Mr. Blake’s back.
“No other policeman fired his gun. The Kenosha Police Department does not have body cameras, so the officers did not wear body cameras.
“The shooting officer, Kenosha Police Constable Rusten Sheskey, has been a law enforcement officer with the Kenosha Police Department for seven years.
“During the investigation following the initial incident, Mr. Blake admitted that he had a knife in his possession. Officers from the Criminal Investigation Division (DCI) recovered a knife from the floor on the driver’s side of Mr. Blake’s vehicle. A search of the vehicle did not find any other weapons.
“Law enforcement immediately provided medical assistance to Mr. Blake. Flight for Life transported Mr. Blake to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Mr. Blake remains in the hospital.
“DCI is conducting this investigation and is assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office.
“All the law enforcement agencies involved fully cooperate with DCI during this investigation. The officials concerned were placed on administrative leave. “
Jacob Blake’s shooting sparked violent protests in the streets of Kenosha. Two people were killed in the city on Tuesday evening after a young white man, who was caught on cellphone video, opened fire in the middle of the street with a semi-automatic rifle.
He was named Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, of Antioch, Ill. He was arrested Wednesday in Illinois on suspicion of intentional first degree homicide.
The identities of the victims have not yet been released, but they were a 26-year-old man from Silver Lake and 36-year-old from Kenosha, NBC said, adding that a 26-year-old man from West Allis was injured and is expected to survive.
One of those who died was shot in the head and the other in the chest, Sheriff David Beth told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.