Two police officers tried to stop Jacob Blake with tasers: Wisconsin Justice Department

(Reuters) - Two police officers deployed tasers in failed attempts to stop Jacob Blake before one of the officers shot him multiple times in the back with a gun, the Wisconsin Department of Justice said on Friday, unveiling new details of its probe into the shooting.

The state’s Justice Department, which had previously identified Rusten Sheskey as the Kenosha officer at the scene who shot Blake with a gun, for the first time on Friday disclosed the names of two additional officers who were at the scene: Vincent Arenas and Brittany Meronek.

The shooting of Blake, a Black man, on Sunday afternoon, sparked several nights of protests.

reporting by Nathan Layne in Wilton, Connecticut