Prosecutors Won’t Charge Kyle Rittenhouse For Gun Offense In Illinois

Kyle Rittenhouse
Kyle Rittenhouse

The Lake County state’s attorney’s office announced Tuesday they won’t file additional charges against Kyle Rittenhouse. 

Antioch police determined Rittenhouse’s rifle that was bought, stored, and used in Wisconsin wasn’t in violation of Illinois law, the state’s attorney’s office said in a statement.

There was also no evidence the teen ever possessed the rifle, the prosecutors added. 

Rittenhouse was arrested at his Antioch home a day after prosecutors accused him of shooting and killing two protestors and injuring a third during the Kenosha protests over Jacob Blake’s shooting on August 25. 

The teen is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the fatal shooting of two protesters and attempted intentional homicide in the wounding of a third. 

He also faces a misdemeanor charge of underage firearm possession for using a semi-automatic rifle during the protests. 

Rittenhouse remains held in a juvenile detention center in Lake County without bond because of Kenosha’s pending criminal charges.

He is due in Lake County court on October 30 for an extradition hearing.