According to Wisconsin investigators, 14-year-old Jason Ike Pero called 911 and made a report describing himself, after which he was shot by the police, CNN reports. The Native American teen expressed his concerns about a male walking down the Odanah street with a knife. When Ashland County Sheriff’s Deputy Brock Mrdjenovich arrived on the scene, Pero came up to him with a large butcher knife in his hand. The Deputy used his service weapon to shoot him when the boy ignored his commands to drop the knife, as stated by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The victim was later confirmed dead at one of the medical centers in Ashland.
Being a middle school student, Jason left school because of an illness on Wednesday, according to school records.
Jason Ike Pero was a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians. From the three children in his family, he was the only one his mother, who is currently blind, had ever seen with her own eyes. In fact, the boy assisted his blind mother in everything, serving as her guide.
Jason’s cousin, who had come to support the family, described the boy as having a “heart of gold”. He went on with the description saying, “Baby Jay, he was a real sweet kid. He always had a smile on his face. Nobody can believe that this happened to him because of the way he is, the way he was.”
The boy’s family is in despair, with no words to express. In their previous statement, they thanked the Bad River Community, its tribal council, as well as others for supporting them.