AG Kaul releases name of officer who shot Jacob Blake, says Blake was in possession of knife

Josh Kaul

KENOSHA, Wis. — The state Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation and Attorney General Josh Kaul have provided updates on the investigation into the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

DCI said Officer Rusten Sheskey and other Kenosha police officers were originally sent to a home on the 2800 block of 40th Street after a woman reported that her boyfriend was there when he was not supposed to be on the premises.

Officials said Sheskey has been an officer with Kenosha police for seven years.

Police tried to arrest Blake and deployed a Taser to stop him. Officials said Blake walked around his vehicle, opened the driver’s side door and leaned forward.

Sheskey fired his service weapon seven times into Blake’s back while holding onto his shirt, according to DCI.

Police said no other officer fired their weapon. The Kenosha Police Department does not have body cameras, which is why no body cam footage is available.

In an investigation after the shooting, officials said Blake admitted he was possessing a knife, which was recovered from the driver’s side floorboard of his vehicle. No other weapons were found in the car.

The update conflicts with Blake’s attorney Ben Krump, who said Blake did not have any weapons in the vehicle at all.

Blake immediately received medical aid and was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, where he remains hospitalized.

The involved officers have also been placed on administrative leave.

DCI said it will continue reviewing the evidence and will turn over reports to a prosecutor after the investigation is complete. DCI plans to provide a report within 30 days, and the prosecutor will determine what charges are appropriate.