A 14-year-old boy died in an officer-involved shooting Wednesday on the Bad River Reservation east of Ashland.
The Ashland County Sheriff's Office reported that one of its deputies shot the individual, who reportedly had been seen carrying a knife, just before noon in Odanah.
The Bad River Tribal Council identified the deceased person as a “young boy.” WDIO-TV reported that the boy’s grandfather said he was 14 years old. The Sheriff’s Office did not officially release the boy’s identity Wednesday.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is conducting an independent investigation of the incident, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office said it received a 911 call from an Odanah resident at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, reporting that a male was walking around Maple Street carrying a knife. Shots were fired by a responding deputy at 11:48 a.m., striking the male, according to the Sheriff's Office. The deputy was not injured.
The male was transported to Memorial Medical Center in Ashland and pronounced dead at the hospital, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office reported that it's believed to be an isolated incident no other suspects are at large.
The Tribal Council noted on its Facebook page that support for community members was available on Wednesday night and support will be available at the schools for students on Thursday.
"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's statement said.
It's the second officer-involved shooting in Ashland County in less than a month. On Oct. 23, a person was shot and wounded by Ashland police officers near the Ashland County Courthouse after the officers "attempted to make contact with a suspect." Local and state officials have yet to release any further information about that incident.