Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted Friday of all charges in the fatal shooting of two Good Samaritans in Kenosha in May 2015.
Rittenhouse was charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of reckless homicide and two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide after he fired a shot into the ceiling of a Kenosha restaurant on May 7, 2015, wounding five men. He was found not guilty on all charges.
In the shooting, which took place on Milwaukee’s north side, witnesses say that a man identified by police as 52-year-old Christian Haffield attempted to disarm Rittenhouse, and Rittenhouse shot Haffield in the leg and the head while he was on the ground. The shooting took place when about 20 members of an off-duty police department biker gang were celebrating an undercover investigation in which two rival gangs in Kenosha were suspected of shooting up each other on a drug deal.
Earlier this month, Rittenhouse’s attorney, Nancy Deitz, filed a motion to suppress his statements to police. But prosecutors and other defense attorneys argued that in the interview Rittenhouse was “not legally provoked” to “engage in a shootout,” or even to shoot at a home.
Prosecutors will appeal.
Deitz said in a statement that Rittenhouse intends to move forward with his life “and rebuild the family that was lost.” She also expressed gratitude for the support she received from her client, the family of Haffield and her team of attorneys.
Rittenhouse’s father, Anthony Rittenhouse, also issued a statement saying he was “grateful” for Rittenhouse’s acquittal and that he has relied on his son’s faith during the trial. He also thanked the jury for “this painful experience” and said he feels “absolute relief” that the case is now over.