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Pero Family Files Wrongful Death Claim

Ashland County Law Enforcement Center Ashland County Law Enforcement Center |  Photo: WDIO (archive photo)

Updated: March 21, 2018 04:29 PM

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) - The Ashland County Board has rejected a $9.5 million wrongful death claim from the family of a 14-year-old boy who was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy, an action that sends the claim to its insurance company.

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The deputy killed Jason Pero after he was called to the Bad River Indian Reservation to deal with an individual walking down the street with a knife last November.

Prosecutors determined the fatal shooting was justified following an investigation by the state Department of Justice.

A claim is often a precursor to a lawsuit against a government body. Ashland County Corporate Counsel Matthew Anich says the claimants have a six-month statute of limitations in which to file a lawsuit.

The Ashland Daily Press reports the boy's parents, Holly Gauthier and Jason Pero, allege the state and sheriff's department failed to properly train the deputy in the use of deadly force.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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