Jacob Blake had a knife in his car when he was shot by police as they attempted to arrest him, according to the Wisconsin DOJ (Source businessinsider.com)
The statement — released more than three days after the shooting — is the first detailed information from the police about what happened. Officers tried unsuccessfully to arrest Blake, it said, after responding to a call from a woman about her boyfriend. Officers fired a Taser, which did not stop him, the statement said. The statement said Blake had a knife on the floor of the driver-side of the car. He was opening the door when he was shot. A witness, one of Blake’s neighbors, has told Insider that think Blake was actually accessing the car to check on his children, three of whom were in the back seat. Blake is alive in the hospital, but has serious injuries and may never walk again. Jacob Blake had a knife in his car and was shot by police as they attempted to arrest him, according to a statement released Wednesday by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The statement came four days after Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey shot Blake seven times in the back, causing the 29-year-old Black man massive internal injuries. It was the first official update to provide details of the circumstances of the shooting. Earlier statements from the Kenosha Police Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice said only that a man had been shot after officers responded to a “domestic incident.” The shooting was caught on camera by an onlooker and spread widely on social media. City-wide protest and civil unrest followed, in which two people have been shot dead. The Wednesday statement said that on the day of Blake’s shooting, officers were responding to a call from a woman who said her boyfriend was at the premises when he should not be. An account from one witness, neighbor Dan Stone, told Insider that Blake had been attempting to de-escalate an argument between “two girls” at the scene.