Kenosha teen Kyle Rittenhouse says he considers himself a patriotic American who acted in self-defense on the night he fatally shot two rioters, the 17-year-old said during an interview published Thursday by The Washington Post.
“I feel I had to protect myself,” he said. “I would have died that night if I didn’t.”
Rittenhouse was charged with first-degree intentional homicide and attempted intentional homicide in the wounding of a third and a misdemeanor charge of underage firearm possession.
The teen posted a $2 million bond on Friday and was released from jail. He is expected back in court in December.
“I do consider myself patriotic, I love our country,” Rittenhouse told the Post via a phone interview.
The teen said during the interview that he routinely carries a homemade medical kit around with him, and had one with him in Kenosha when the protesting turned violent.
Discussing his decision to bring a gun with him the night of the