Holly Gauthier said authorities have provided few details about the death of her son, 14-year-old Jason Pero, an 8th grader who died on the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s reservation Wednesday.
Dispatchers received a call about a male subject walking down the street armed with a knife about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, said the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, which provides law enforcement services on the reservation along with the tribal police department. A responding deputy fired shots, striking the male. He was treated at the scene but died at a hospital.
The state Justice Department said a knife was recovered at the scene of the shooting. Family members questioned whether Pero had a knife.
We have very few details and the linked story is mainly comments from the victim’s family. Let the Justice Department do its investigation, but we need some answers soon.