Police officer fatally shoots 14-year-old boy who lunged at him with a butcher knife because he was feeling downBy Alexis Bell 1:25 PM November 14, 2017
A teenage boy who was feeling down grabbed a butcher knife and walked in the street until he was gunned down by a police officer, according to police in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), at the request of the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, has been investigating the police officer involved death that took place on Wednesday, in Odanah, which is located on the Bad River Reservation.
The Ashland County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a suspect walking on Maple Street carrying a knife.
Ashland County Sheriff’s Deputy Brock Mrdjenovich responded to the scene and encountered a 5 feet and 9 inches tall, 300-pound male who fit the description given by the 911 caller.
The male was later identified as 14-year-old Jason Ike Pero.
Pero approached Deputy Mrdjenovich with a large butcher knife and he refused numerous commands to drop the weapon.
On two occasions, Pero lunged at the deputy while the officer was attempting to retreat.
Deputy Mrdjenovich fired his service weapon at Pero, striking him twice.
Life-saving measures were initiated.
However, Pero was pronounced dead at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland.
The butcher knife was recovered at the scene.
Pero was the same person who called 911, reporting a man with a knife, giving his own physical description.
Initial information indicates that Pero had been despondent over the few days leading up to the incident and evidence from a search warrant executed on Pero’s bedroom supported that information.
Deputy Mrdjenovich has been interviewed by the DOJ and is on paid administrative leave in accordance with Ashland County Sheriff’s Office’s policy.
Deputy Mrdjenovich has worked for the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office for approximately one year.