The 2017 shooting of two state troopers who unsuccessfully tried to subdue a suspect with tasers before he reached back into his car for a handgun may explain why police shot Jacob Blake, a suspect who was also reaching for something in his car and who media reported was previously charged with violent crimes.

Dashcam footage caught the Nov. 7, 2017, shooting of two Pennsylvania state troopers who failed to subdue a resisting suspect with tasers before the suspect reached back into his car to get a handgun.

The suspect shot both officers and drove away, but he was later arrested and sentenced to 110 years in prison.

“State Trooper Seth Kelly was shot four times. He arrived at a local hospital clinically dead. He spent 12 days in a medically induced coma and 25 days in the hospital. He doesn’t remember the shootout,” reported Lehigh Valley Live. “Kelly told Northampton County Judge Stephen Baratta he suffered ‘nightmares nonstop for 12 straight days’ in the coma due to medication.”

“‘I felt as if I was in hell,’ Kelly said.”

This 2017 shootout has already drawn comparisons by netizens who pointed out that Jacob Blake, the suspect recently shot by police in Kenosha, Wisc., was similarly reaching for something in his car before police opened fire.

The Blake shooting has fueled controversy since he was shot in the back – and now its up to the courts to decide if the shooting was justified – but it’s worth wondering if police would have shot Blake had he not reached back into his car for something.

Additionally, it was reported that Blake previously faced charges of attacking police and carrying a firearm while intoxicated, a history which would have made his arresting officers believe he was potentially armed and dangerous if they’d known beforehand.

“Jacob Blake, 24, of Racine, was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of resisting arrest causing a soft tissue injury to a police officer and one misdemeanor count each of carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, endangering safety-use of a dangerous weapon, and disorderly conduct,” Racine County Eye reported in 2015. “If convicted, he will face up to 8-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $50,000 in fines.”

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