A Wisconsin deputy fatally shot an eighth-grader on an Indian reservation Wednesday, claiming he 14-year-old boy was holding a knife.
But the boy’s grandfather says he was only holding a cellphone and “never had one mean bone in his body.”
Jason Pero, 14, (bottom) was fatally shot on November 8 by an Ashland County Deputy who claims he had a knife.
The Ashland County sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot Jason Pero on the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s reservation has not yet been identified, according to KBJR6.
And the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, which provides law enforcement services to the reservation along with the tribal police department, has offered few details to the public, only stating the deputy shot the “suspect” and that he was “struck by gunfire” several times before he was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Dispatchers received a call around 11:48 a.m. about a male subject armed with a knife walking down the street.
A deputy who responded to the call fired multiple shots, striking Pero.
According to the state Justice Department, a knife was found at the scene, but it’s not uncommon for police to plant a weapon after botching a shooting to relieve themselves from criminal and civil liability.
Holly Gauthier described her son as kind, loving and a “big teddy bear” and has many questions as the Ahsland County Sheriff’s department remains silent on the matter.
“There is no reason you can justify shooting a 14-year-old boy,” she said.
Pero had gone home sick from school on Wednesday and was staying at his grandparents house.
“This is a tragedy that should not have happened,” Bad River Band Chairman Robert Blanchard told the Associated Press.
“There’s other ways to do things than to pull out a gun and shoot him.”
The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release on their Facebook page