As investigations made further headway, two more police officers have been identified as being present and involved in the police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake. Accompanying Rusten Sheskey, who allegedly shot all 7 bullets that were hurled at Blake, two other law enforcement officers fired tasers at the man as he was heading towards his car last Sunday.
In an official press release by the Wisconsin Department of Justice- two Kenosha police officers fired tasers in a bid to stop Jacob Blake before one of the officers shot him seven times in the back with a gun. The taser deployments “were not successful in stopping Mr. Blake,” according to the statement.
The department had previously identified Rusten Sheskey as the Kenosha officer who shot Blake in the back with a gun. On Friday, the two other officers at the scene were identified: Vincent Arenas and Brittany Meronek.
Blake, a 29-year-old African-American man, was shot several times as he opened the door of his SUV, in which three of his children aged 3, 5, and 7 were seated. Agents later recovered a knife from the floorboard on the driver’s side of the vehicle, although they are unsure whether the man yielded it during the face-off. In the press release, the department said that both Sheskey and Arenas deployed tasers in failed attempts to stop Blake. Officer Meronek was at the scene but did not deploy a weapon.
While Sheskey hasn’t been charged for his actions against the unarmed victim, the exact sequence of the shooting and the activities that led to it are still being scrutinized.
Informing the press about the two officers, the release revealed Vincent Arenas has been with Kenosha Police Department since February 2019, and Brittany Meronek joined Kenosha Police Department in January of this year.
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