The Wisconsin Department of Justice confirmed Wednesday that Jacob Blake was indeed 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 and shots fired 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 felon 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 ongoing 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.
An cut video that showed only Blake who bolted from the police and running around to the drivers side of his SUV leaning into his car and then being shot by an officer went wildly viral and sparked violent riots in Kenosha.
Based on some eyewitness accounts, the whole video showed Blake running away from police after being in a physical altercation with police who had already utilized a taser gun in an attempt to subdue him before he bolted from the police and running around to the drivers side of his SUV leaning into his car and then ultimately being shot by an officer.
In a reverse angle The second video that was released actually showed what happened just after the tasing of the suspect, beginning just before the start of the original released video as he was getting up from being tazed and an officer still holding the taser gun with other officers present but not touching the suspect. Then the footage continues from that reverse angle as Blake gets up and moves around to the front of the SUV that led up to the shooting.
It showed Blake on the ground recovering from being tased with at least three Kenosha police officers at the right rear of his vehicle with him.
In the video, it appeared the officers were waiting for the suspect to recover 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 only an officer shooting Blake in the back multiple times as he leaned into the SUV. At the same time last Sunday another dash cam video of officers in Maryland who got ambushed by two black assailants who opened fire with automatic handguns upon the police arrival to that scene. 3 of the 4 officers responding to that call were hit but their wounds were not life threatening.
The witness who filmed the original video in Kenosha, 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 which now jives with the chain of events we know.
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 clearly 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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