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Kenosha shooting suspect is a former member of a youth police cadet program, Illinois police say

The suspect in the Kenosha, Wisconsin, fatal shooting that happened during a protest is a former member of a youth police cadet program, according to police.

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The suspect in the Kenosha, Wisconsin, fatal shooting that happened during a protest is a former member of a youth police cadet program, according to police.

Antioch, Illinois, police identified the suspect Wednesday as 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse. The Kenosha County District Attorney has charged him with fatally shooting two protesters.

In Grayslake, Illinois -- about 10 miles from Antioch and 30 miles from Kenosha -- police Chief Phillip L. Perlini said the suspect in the shooting was a former public safety cadet.

That program is described online as offering youths the opportunity to explore careers in law enforcement. Due to the person's age and state law, the chief said the department couldn't comment further.

He was arrested Wednesday.

Rittenhouse was charged with one count each of first-degree reckless homicide with a dangerous weapon, first-degree intentional homicide with a dangerous weapon, attempted first-degree intentional homicide with a dangerous weapon and possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under the age of 18.

The victims have been identified as a 26-year-old from Silver Lake, Wisconsin, and a 36-year-old from Kenosha. The shooting happened amid protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Videos that circulated on social media show a person with a long gun running down a street, followed by a crowd. The individual falls to the ground and appears to begin firing. Several shots are heard.

Sheriff says he was asked to deputize citizens

In a news conference following the shooting, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said he had received requests from community members to deputize citizens to aid police in responding to the protests.

"What happened last night [...] was probably the perfect reason why I wouldn't," Beth said. "Once I deputize somebody, they fall under the Constitution of the state of Wisconsin."

The sheriff said deputizing citizens would be a liability to him, the county and the state.

"A group wanted me to deputize people that were carrying guns, this person was carrying a gun," Beth said, referring to the suspect arrested for the shooting.

"He could have been part of it."

In a statement, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul condemned the violence.

"While the two people who were killed and the person who was injured by gunfire have not yet been identified, we are thinking of their destroyed futures and their friends and families that must live with this overwhelming grief," the statement said.

He said the community deserved a chance to heal and called for "heavily armed vigilantes, arsonists, and other opportunists" who came to Kenosha to "spur chaos" to leave.

"If those engaging in violence and destruction of property believe they are furthering some broader goal, they are wrong," Kaul said.

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