KENOSHA, Wis. — A Racine man is accused of firing off a "warning shot" on the night two people were killed in downtown Kenosha during protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Joshua Ziminksi, 35, pleaded not guilty last week to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct with the use of a dangerous weapon. If convicted, he faces a maximum term of 90 days in the county jail and a fine of $1,000,
Investigators identified Ziminksi from a previous booking photograph.
A criminal complaint notes investigators reviewed multiple videos from the incidents that occurred in Kenosha on the night of Aug. 25, when 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois, is alleged to have shot and killed two people and wounded another.
In one video, Ziminski is seen pointing the gun toward the sky, afterwhich police observed a "muzzle flash" and heard a gunshot at the same time. Police say both the defendant and his wife later admitted to the shooting.
Ziminkski's federal public defender, Brett Copeland, did not immediately return a phone message left Thursday by The Associated Press.
A pre-trial conference for Ziminski is scheduled Dec. 4. in Kenosha County Circuit Court.