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17-year-old arrested in killing of 2 people in Kenosha

Updated: August 26, 2020 06:43 PM

KENOSHA, Wis. - A white, 17-year-old has been arrested in the killing of two people during a third night of protests in Kenosha over the police shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake.

Kyle Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, was taken into custody Wednesday in Illinois on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide. Antioch is about 15 miles from Kenosha.

Wednesday morning, several supervisors on the Kenosha County Board said the violence should never have escalated the way it did.

They said they sent a letter to Wis. Gov. Tony Evers and other state and federal officials, asking for 2,000 National Guardsmen to come to Kenosha. 

"We lost two lives. These protests went on, Mr. Blake is recovering. I wish him the best. The whole situation is tragic. It's a situation we don't want to ever happen here in Kenosha County, let alone anywhere else across the nation," Supervisor Zach Rodriguez said. "But it took two citizens to lose their lives before the governor decided to act."

Evers has deployed hundreds more members of the Wisconsin National Guard, and President Trump tweeted that he will be sending federal law enforcement to Wisconsin.

"People tonight should go to bed and asleep assured that there will be sufficient troops here to handle the situation," another Kenosha County supervisor, Terry Rose, said. 

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said they moved the curfew up to 7 p.m. Wednesday because it is easier and safer to disperse people in daylight. He said, "every day we get better" and that they will have more support Wednesday night.

"Unbelievable, the amount of sheriff's and police departments that have offered to come, both with equipment and people, to come down here and help protect Kenosha County," Beth said. 

A 26-year-old and 36-year-old were killed and another person injured Tuesday night in an attack allegedly carried out by Rittenhouse, a young white man who was caught on cellphone video opening fire in the middle of the street with a semi-automatic rifle.

Rittenhouse is being held at the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center in Vernon Hills, Ill. A decision about charging him is expected on Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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