Jacob Blake had a knife inside his SUV when he was shot seven times by a Wisconsin police officer as he opened the SUV’s door, officials said Wednesday.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that the weapon was found on the driver’s side of the vehicle, on the floorboard. The Wisconsin DOJ is investigating the shooting of Blake on Sunday that has brought violent protests in the city.
Officials additionally said Blake admitted to having the knife, but it’s unclear exactly when he made that admission.
The shooting came about when cops responded to a call from a woman who said her boyfriend showed up at her home, although he wasn’t supposed to be there. He had warrants out for him, and allegedly had a protection order against him.
When police, who knew he had arrest warrants, went to arrest Blake, the confrontation began, leading police to first deploy a taser that was not effective, officials said.
After Blake resisted arrest he walked around his SUV toward the driver’s side door with two officers following him with weapons drawn, video of the shooting shows.
One of the officers, now identified as Rusten Sheskey, grabbed Blake by his shirt after he opened the car door and fired seven bullets into Blake’s back.
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul declined to elaborate on preliminary particulars or on when the knife was recovered.
In the press release issued by the Wisconsin DOJ, they are saying Blake’s knife admission was made “during the investigation following the initial incident.”
A reporter asked Kaul if that meant Blake said he had the weapon after the tasing attempt, however, the AG never answered.
“As the release stated, he acknowledged he had a knife in his possession at some point,” Kaul said.
All the officers involved Sunday have been placed on administrative leave.
Officials additionally noted Wednesday that the Kenosha Police Department does not have body cameras.