Who is Rusten Sheskey? Kenosha officer who shot Jacob Blake seven times

WISCONSIN cop Rusten Sheskey has been named by officials as the police officer who shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times.

Blake has reportedly been paralyzed from the waist down and his body is "riddled" with bullet holes.


Here's more on what we know about the officer involved.

Who is Rusten Sheskey?

Officials in Wisconsin have named Rusten Sheskey as the officer who opened fire on Blake – the black father whose shooting has ignited a wave of violent protests in the city of Kenosha and beyond.

A video circulating on social media shows Blake walking towards a car followed by two officers. The officer now identified as Sheskey then shoots him in the back as he opens the car door.

Who is Jacob Blake and what happened to him?

Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by Sheskey following a scuffle with police.

The shooting happened at about 5pm local time in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as officers were responding to a "domestic incident."

Witnesses said Blake was trying to break up an argument between women in a home nearby.

Investigators later recovered a knife from the driver's-side footwell of Blake's car, near the door he had been entering, according to the Wisconsin DOJ statement.

Sheskey and the other officers at the scene of the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, officials added.

A Wisconsin DOJ spokesperson said: "Kenosha Police Department officers were dispatched to a residence in the 2800 block of 40th Street after a female caller reported that her boyfriend was present and was not supposed to be on the premises.

"During the incident, officers attempted to arrest Jacob S. Blake, age 29.

"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."

Is Jacob Blake alive?

Jacob Blake Sr, Blake's father, told the Chicago Sun Times that his son's body is riddled with seven bullets as a result of the incident.

Blake is also paralyzed from the waist down – and medics don't know yet if this will be a permanent condition.

“I want to put my hand on my son’s cheek and kiss him on his forehead, and then I’ll be OK,” he told the outlet.

Governor Tony Evers wrote on Twitter that he is "hoping earnestly that [Blake] will not succumb to his injuries."

"While we do not have all of the details yet," Evers continued, "what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country.”

What is happening in Wisconsin?

The incident has sparked city-wide unrest which has prompted the County of Kenosha to declare a state of emergency.

A Twitter recording shows protesters hurling molotov cocktails and bricks at cops standing near patrol cars.

Protesters were gathered in Wisconsin for the third night of protests when an “unidentified young white man” was caught on video spraying rounds of bullets at point-blank range in the middle of the street. 

Kyle Rittenhouse has since been arrested after allegedly shooting at protesters who had taken to the streets to march against the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. 

Anthony Huber has been identified as one of the men who was shot by Rittenhouse and killed after he opened fire onto a crowd of protesters.

What have Blake's family said about the tragic incident?

Blake's fiancee Laquisha Booker said cops shot Blake in front of their kids.

"You shot him numerous times for no reason, " Booker told WMTJ-TV.

"Disregard that my kids were in the car at all. And you knew they were in there because I kept screaming that.”

Blake Sr described the officers who pulled the trigger on his son as “the flint as well as the gasoline” for the violent riots in Kenosha after the shooting.

“Those police officers that shot my son like a dog in the street are responsible for everything that has happened in the city of Kenosha,” he told the Sun Times.

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