Kenosha police officer shoots man during 'domestic incident'

Posted at 5:42 AM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 06:42:48-04

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.

Kenosha police said Blake is in serious condition. A large crowd gathered near the area Sunday evening.

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

A video circulating on social media shows Blake walking toward a vehicle near the scene moments before he was shot.

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."