Grandparents: Teen was home with flu before deputy fired

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The grandparents of an eighth-grader fatally shot by police say the teen had left his northern Wisconsin school with the flu that morning.

An Ashland County sheriff's deputy shot 14-year-old Jason Pero on Wednesday on the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reservation.

Authorities say the teen had a knife, though no information has been released about what led up to the shooting. The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating. A spokeswoman declined comment Friday.

Pero's grandparents told The Associated Press on Friday that Jason lived with them and had come home from school with the flu. They say an uncle was downstairs doing laundry when Jason left the house. They don't know why he left.

His grandfather, Alan Pero, says Jason took a butcher knife from the house but "wouldn't hurt a fly."

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