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Police shoot man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, while responding to domestic incident

KSTP
Updated: August 23, 2020 11:21 PM
Created: August 23, 2020 09:11 PM

A man is in serious condition after police shot him Sunday evening in Kenosha, Wisconsin, ABC affiliate WISN reported.

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The Kenosha Police Department said officers were responding to a domestic incident around 5:11 p.m. on the 2800 block of 40th Street when the shooting happened. 

The man was airlifted to a hospital in Milwaukee, the department stated. 

Police have not released any details on what led to the shooting.

A video that appears to show the incident is circulating on social media. In the video, a man is seen walking away from two police officers. He then attempts to enter a vehicle, and one of the officers, who has had his gun drawn, grabs him. The second officer comes up behind the first and draws his gun as well. At least seven gunshots are heard as the officers point their guns at the man.

WISN is reporting that the person who was shot is 29-year-old Jacob Blake.

A large crowd has reportedly gathered at the scene.

According to WISN, a state of emergency has been issued for Kenosha and a curfew is in effect until 7 a.m. Monday.

A crowd of people gather near the scene where police shot a man Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. | A crowd of people gather near the scene where police shot a man Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. |

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a statement in response to the shooting:

“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.

"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.

"I have said all along that although we must offer our empathy, equally important is our action. In the coming days, we will demand just that of elected officials in our state who have failed to recognize the racism in our state and our country for far too long.”

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is leading the investigation on the shooting.

This is a breaking news story. KSTP is working to get more details on this story and will post updates as more information becomes available.


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