14-Year-Old Tribal Teen Killed by Deputy Identified as Jason Pero

Native Lives Matter will hold a vigil for Jason Pero (right) this evening at the Minneapolis American Indian Center in Minneapolis.


Published November 9, 2017

ODANAH, WISCONSIN – Tragedy hit the Pero family on the Bad River Indian Reservation in northern Wisconsin as 14-year-old Jason Pero was shot and killed by a sheriff deputy Wednesday, November 8, 2017, shortly before noon.

The male teen has been identified by his family as being Jason Ike Pero.

Reportedly, he was home sick from school on Wednesday. It is unclear why he was outside when he was killed.

The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office said the deputies responded to a 911 call from an Odanah resident that a male subject was walking int he neighborhood carrying a knife. It is unclear at this time what transpiring that resulted in a deputy firing two shots at the teen. What is known is Jason Pero was hit twice: once in the heart and in the right shoulder.

Neighbors dispute the teen was carrying a knife, but only had a phone his hand.

Yesterday, the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippwa Tribe’s tribal council released a statement that read, in part:

“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.”

A vigil for Jason Pero will be held at the Minneapolis Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota, this evening, Thursday, November 9 at from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Minneapolis is some 170 miles from Odanah, Wisconsin. This vigil is sponsored by Native Lives Matter.



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