Details of the shaken teen’s alleged confession inside an Antioch, Illinois police station — made between bouts of crying and vomiting — were revealed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Rittenhouse was “visibly upset” immediately after the Aug. 25 shooting, according to a copy of the arrest report obtained by the Sentinel late Friday, as the teen was extradited back to Kenosha to face homicide charges.
The teen, who has insisted through his legal team that he acted in self-defense, showed up with his mother at the station around 10 miles from Kenosha shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 26.
He told an officer he had “ended a man’s life,” according to the documents cited by the newspaper.
Amazingly, Rittenhouse told his hometown cops that he’d tried to turn himself in earlier that night, to an officer in Kenosha — but was told to go home, the report said.
He also told cops he’d been hired to protect a business in Kenosha and had to defend himself. The owner of the business, Car Source, previously told the Journal Sentinel that he didn’t hire any armed guards.
Police called firefighters for a medical check on Rittenhouse, who had small scratches on his arms, the report said.
As he was being tended to, the teen allegedly told cops he’d been hit, including with a skateboard, before firing.
While waiting for detectives to arrive, Rittenhouse went through a range of emotions — from crying fits to periods of calm — and also threw up, an Antioch cop noted.
Hours later, he began to have trouble breathing so cops called firefighters again.
The teen was later booked as a fugitive from justice on a warrant from Kenosha for first-degree intentional homicide and was taken to a juvenile detention center, the report said.
The documents also revealed that Rittenhouse told cops the AR-15 he used in the shooting was purchased by his 18-year-old friend.
Police found the assault-style rifle in the trunk of that man’s car.
The friend told cops he’d been with Rittenhouse in Kenosha, and didn’t see the shooting, as he’d been on the roof of a business, armed with a gun, at the time.
At some point after the shooting, Rittenhouse called his pal, who said he picked up the teen and put both of their rifles in his trunk, where cops later found them.
In a police interview, the friend — whose name was being withheld by the paper because he is not charged with a crime — said Rittenhouse gave him money to buy the rifle at an Ace Hardware in Ladysmith, Wisc.
The friend said he expected to be in more trouble than Rittenhouse, who he said was defending himself.
He also recalled telling Rittenhouse: “In all reality, you are not supposed to have that gun. That gun was in my name.”
In addition the most serious charge of first-degree intentional homicide, which carries a life prison sentence, Rittenhouse is charged with attempted intentional homicide in the wounding of a third protester and with a misdemeanor charge of underage firearm possession.
The shooting unfolded amid the chaos after the August police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake in Kenosha.