By now, that name rings with deep meaning for anyone remotely paying attention to the national news over the last few weeks. The video of his shooting by a Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer has been widely publicized, analyzed and criticized. Blake’s paralysis and ongoing recovery have routinely made headlines, his life both lionized and scrutinized by every major media outlet.
But months before Jacob Blake was shot, another man was paralyzed — a man whose name you likely don’t know.
Officer Shay Mikalonis, a 29-year-old four-year veteran of the Las Vegas Police Department, was shot in the head on June 1 while arresting a protestor during a Black Lives Matter demonstration.
According to several accounts, the man who allegedly shot Mikalonis — Edgar Samaniego — appears to have simply walked by the officers and opened fire on them without warning or provocation.
Mikalonis underwent separate surgeries to remove a bullet from his neck and repair his shattered jaw. He is currently on a ventilator, paralyzed from the neck down and unable to speak. According to his family, Mikalonis “is awake and seems to recognize his family members,” and has since been transferred to