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Jacob Blake: Kenosha police officer shoots man during 'domestic incident'

Posted at 9:21 PM, Aug 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 18:54:01-04

KENOSHA, WIS. — One man was air flighted to an area hospital after he was shot by a Kenosha police officer Sunday evening, police say.

Kenosha police said the man was shot near a home at 40th and 28th streets in Kenosha just after 5 p.m. Officers were called to a 'domestic incident' at the location.

A family member confirmed to TMJ4 News that the man was Jacob Blake, 29.

Police did not say what led up to the shooting but said that officers offered immediate aid.

In a video of the incident, which was taken from across the street, Blake walks around the front of his SUV to his driver-side door as officers follow him with their guns pointed. As Blake opens the door and leans into the SUV, at least one officer opens fire while Blake has his back turned. Seven shots can be heard.

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Man injured in Kenosha officer involved shooting

Kenosha police said Blake is in serious condition. A large crowd gathered near the area Sunday evening, eventually moving into downtown Kenosha, setting fires and causing other damage.

Blake's family says children were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

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“You shot him numerous times, for no reason. It didn’t take all that," fiance Laquisha Booker said. "Disregard that my kids were in the car at all. And you knew they were in there, because I kept screaming that.”

The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department and Wisconsin State Patrol are currently investigating the incident.

No other details were released.

Gov. Tony Evers released a statement regarding the shooting late Sunday evening.

"Tonight, Jacob Blake was shot in the back multiple times, in broad daylight, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Kathy and I join his family, friends, and neighbors in hoping earnestly that he will not succumb to his injuries. While we do not have all of the details yet, 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," said Evers. "We stand with all those who have and continue to demand justice, equity, and accountability for Black lives in our country—lives like those of George Floyd, of Breonna Taylor, Tony Robinson, Dontre Hamilton, Ernest Lacy, and Sylville Smith. And we stand against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites."

Man shot by Kenosha police officers Sunday evening

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