ODANAH — The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has confirmed that a teenage boy was shot and killed Wednesday in an officer involved shooting, according to a release on their Facebook page.
The shooting happened on East Maple Street in Odanah, Wisconsin and involved an Ashland County Sheriff’s Deputy.
According to the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, the teen was reported walking around carrying a knife around 11:40 a.m. Deputies responded to the scene and eight minutes after the report, shots were fired by a responding deputy and the boy was struck by gunfire. The suspect was treated, but later died from his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The deputy was not injured.
The victim’s name is being withheld pending family notification.
“On November 8, 2017 a young boy was shot and killed on East Maple Street in Odanah, by a deputy with the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office,” the Bad River release said. “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. The Tribal Council would like the Bad River community to know that they are keeping abreast of the events and will release the information as it becomes available to them.”
An independent investigation is being conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation.
The suspect was treated by Bad River First Responders and Ashland EMS at the scene and was transported to Memorial Medical Center in Ashland by Ashland Emergency Medical Services. The suspect was later pronounced dead at the hospital.