31 year old Rusten Sheskey has been identified as the police officer who fired seven shots at Jacob Blake creating a national media firestorm after the cell phone video went viral.
Sheskey resorted to firing his gun after a taser failed to help officers restrain Blake.
Blake had a knife in his hand when he was shot, a new report from the Wisconsin DOJ reveals.
This knife was recovered from the driver’s side foot-well of his car.
Sheskey as well as all the other officers involved in the encounter have been put on administrative leave.
Per a Wisconsin DOJ spokesperson:
“Law enforcement deployed a taser to attempt to stop Mr. Blake, however the taser was not successful in stopping Mr. Blake.
“Mr. Blake walked around his vehicle, opened the driver’s side door, and leaned forward.
“While holding onto Mr. Blake’s shirt, Officer Rusten Sheskey fired his service weapon seven times.
“Officer Sheskey fired the weapon into Mr. Blake’s back. No other officer fired their weapon.
“Kenosha Police Department does not have body cameras, therefore the officers were not wearing body cameras.
“The shooting officer, Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey, has been a law enforcement officer with Kenosha Police Department for seven years.
“During the investigation following the initial incident, Mr. Blake admitted that he had a knife in his possession.
“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.”
— Mary Spicuzza (@MSpicuzzaMJS) August 26, 2020
BREAKING: Officials Identify Officer Who Shot #JacobBlake:
– Rusten Sheskey, a 7-year veteran of the Dept.
– Taser was ineffective
– Blake possessed a knife
– There is no bodycam footage
– No criminal charges as of now
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 26, 2020