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Jacob Blake recalls going 'limp' when shot 7 times by police officer

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Michael Strahan sitting in a chair talking on the phone: Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times by a Wisconsin police officer, sat down with "Good Morning America" co-anchor Michael Strahan for an exclusive interview. © ABC News Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times by a Wisconsin police officer, sat down with "Good Morning America" co-anchor Michael Strahan for an exclusive interview.

Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old father, said he "kinda went limp" when he was shot seven times by a Wisconsin police officer and was left partially paralyzed.

Two of Blake's children witnessed the Aug. 23, 2020, shooting, he said.

"All I remember at that point was kinda leanin' back, lookin' at my boys," Blake told "Good Morning America" co-anchor Michael Strahan in an exclusive interview. "I said, 'Daddy, love you no matter what.' It was the last thing I said to them at that point."

a man sitting in a chair: Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times by a Wisconsin police officer, sat down with "Good Morning America" co-anchor Michael Strahan for an exclusive interview. © ABC News Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times by a Wisconsin police officer, sat down with "Good Morning America" co-anchor Michael Strahan for an exclusive interview.

"I thought it was gonna be the last thing I say to them," added Blake. "Thank God it wasn't."

Tune-in Thursday to "Good Morning America" for co-anchor Michael Strahan's exclusive interview with Jacob Blake.

a person sitting on a bed: In this social network video released on by his lawyer Ben Crump, Jacob Blake delivers a message from a hospital bed in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Sept. 5, 2020. © Attorney Crump Twitter account/AFP via Getty Images In this social network video released on by his lawyer Ben Crump, Jacob Blake delivers a message from a hospital bed in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Sept. 5, 2020.

Kenosha County District Attorney Mike Graveley announced last week that no police officers will be charged in the shooting.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Protesters march with the family of Jacob Blake during a rally against racism and police brutality in Kenosha, Wisc., on Aug. 29, 2020. © Stephen Maturen/AFP via Getty Images, FILE Protesters march with the family of Jacob Blake during a rally against racism and police brutality in Kenosha, Wisc., on Aug. 29, 2020. a car covered in snow: A police car drives past a sign showing support for Jacob Blake Jr. in Kenosha, Wisc., Jan. 04, 2021. © Scott Olson/Getty Images, FILE A police car drives past a sign showing support for Jacob Blake Jr. in Kenosha, Wisc., Jan. 04, 2021.

Graveley said Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey, who is white, was justified in his use of force because Blake, who is Black, was armed with a knife, refused orders to drop it and made a motion as if he was going to stab Sheskey.

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Graveley said evidence showed Sheskey fired in self-defense.

logo: Jacob Blake Sr., father of Jacob Blake, holds a candle at a rally Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, in Kenosha, Wis. © Morry Gash/AP, FILE Jacob Blake Sr., father of Jacob Blake, holds a candle at a rally Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, in Kenosha, Wis.

Graveley also said Blake admitted to investigators that he was armed with a knife throughout the entire encounter.

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Graveley said Sheskey stopped shooting when he saw Blake was no longer a threat and immediately started giving first aid. Graveley said there were 10 bullets left in Sheskey's gun.

Sheskey was placed on administrative leave.

ABC News' Erin Brady, Sarah Lang, Stephanie Wash and Bill Hutchinson contributed to this report.

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