Kenosha, Wisconsin has held the attention of Americans for several days now after a gruesome police-involved shooting took place earlier this week.
In that incident, 29 year old Jacob Blake was shot by a police officer seven times, in the back, at point-blank range. Video of the incident went viral on social media, prompting large protests in Kenosha and beyond.
Details regarding the incident have been scarce, however, with Americans still unsure as to what had transpired prior to the police officer pulling the trigger.
The latest release of information form the Wisconsin DOJ looks to shed some light on the subject.
Jacob Blake had a knife on the floorboard of his car when he was shot by police, said the Wisconsin Department of Justice, which also has identified the officer who shot him as Rusten Sheskey.
The knife was recovered from the driver’s side of Blake’s SUV, the agency said. It did not say whether Blake was holding the knife when Sheskey, a seven-year veteran of the Kenosha Police Department, shot him Sunday evening.
Blake, 29, admitted to having the knife during the investigation, officials said. No other weapons were recovered.
According to a Wisconsin DOJ news release, officers responded to a domestic dispute after a woman reported her boyfriend was unlawfully on the premises. Officers attempted to arrest Blake and a Taser was used, but it did not subdue him, authorities said.
Little other information has been made available at this time, as the authorities seek to quell the violence that has erupted in the wake of the incident.
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