Ashland County Sheriff’s Deputy Killed 14-year-old Jason Ike Pero

An Ashland County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed 14-year-old Jason Ike Pero on Wednesday morning

  • Ashland County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a man with a knife at 11:40 am

  • Eight minutes after receiving the call a deputy shot Jason twice

  • Jason was shot in his right shoulder and heart

On Wednesday, 14-year-old Jason Ike Pero was shot and killed by an Ashland County Sheriff’s Deputy on the Bad River Lapointe Reservation in Wisconsin.

The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office claims they received a call about a man walking down the street armed with a knife at approximately 11:40 am. A responding deputy fired at least two shots just eight minutes after dispatchers received the call.

The ACSD said the deputy involved in the shooting was not injured. Jason was pronounced dead at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland.

Home Sick From School

According to Jason’s mother, Holly Gauthier, her teenage son was home sick from school. Jason’s father picked him up from school and dropped him off at his grandparent’s house. Gauthier said she has no clue why Jason was outside, or why he was shot. Officers have given her little to no information about her Jason’s death.

Investigators claim they found a knife at the scene of the shooting.  There was no description released of the knife allegedly found at the scene.

According to Jason’s grandfather, Alan Pero, the neighbors saw Jason with a phone. Pero said Jason was shot two times by the deputy, once in the right shoulder, and once in the heart.

Bad River

The Bad River Tribal Government released the following statement:

The Tribal Council is deeply saddened and troubled by today’s event, and they offer their condolences to the family at this time. This is an extremely hard day for everyone, in times like this the community must come together, and help each other heal. The Tribal Council would like the Bad River community to know that they are keeping abreast of the events and will release the information as it becomes available to them.

It is reported that Native Lives Matter has a vigil planned for Jason on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis American Indian Center on Franklin Avenue.

The Ashland County District Attorney’s Office is said to be handling the investigation at this time.



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