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Georgia teen killed by police was holding a Wii remote, not a gun, family says

Published time: February 19, 2014 23:04
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A 17-year-old high school student who wanted to be a US Marine was fatally shot by Georgia police officers who mistook the video game controller in his hand for a weapon, the lawyer representing his family says.

Christopher Roupe was preparing to watch a movie when two police officers showed up at the door to execute a probation violation against his father, according to his family.

Euharlee Police Chief Terry Hagert also stated that two officers arrived at the home on Friday night. When Roupe answered the door, the female officer believed he was pointing a gun at her and fired a single shot at the young man. The police refused to reveal the names of the officers that responded to the scene.

Roupe was a member of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) in high school and has friends who he helped at school.

He was a good kid. He always hung out with me and he took up for me,” friend William Corson told WSB-TV.

A funeral for Roupe is scheduled for Friday, just one day before what would have been his 18th birthday. The young man planned to join the Marines after graduating from high school.

Neighbor Ken Yates told reporters he heard the gunshot and saw the female officer seconds after.

This is tragic. She came out of this house. She put her head in her hands and she was sobbing,” he said. “Supposedly, he opened the door with a BB gun.”

Chief Harget declined to identify the officer involved in order to protect her privacy, but referred all questions to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is running the probe into the incident. The officer has been placed on administrative leave – the standard measure when an officer is involved in a shooting.

Roupe’s family plans to file a lawsuit against the department, with attorney Cole Law saying the story simply “doesn’t add up.”

We don’t know where that statement came from,” he said. “The eyewitness on the scene clearly stated that he had a Wii controller in his hand. He heard a knock at the door. He asked who it was, there was no response so he opened the door and upon opening the door he was immediately shot in the chest.”

Euharleee is a bedroom community of Cartersville, Georgia, with a population of under 5,000 people at the time of the 2010 US Census. Roupe was a senior at Woodland High School.

Comments (45)


PiRat 02.03.2014 04:14

Cops need guns so they can enforce prohibition.


Thomas Grön 23.02.2014 19:33

What did he know? What alias had he on the web?
If this had been about a Young boy shooting what ever would this news have been regurgitated by every news Agency in US!
Bla bla gun Control!
Police in US are brainwashed killers set out to take down internet threats to the government and it's bankster owners!
US Citizens you have two choices to vote for, satan or the devil, both sponsored by mammon thus the banksters!
After the inside psy op 9/11 the hunt for internal voice's that try to get out the truth is on. NSA and Snowden is the top of the ice-berg!
How many cases never get's coverage?
Bottom less rabbit hole


Gentleman Fox 23.02.2014 13:27

Heck, the level of stupidity involved in this incident leads me to believe cops can get away with just about anything. I wouldn't be surprised if US cops shot people with rucksacks or schoolbags, using the excuse "Oh they're strapped with bombs". The intellect of the US police force, and it's naton as a whole is vastly declining.

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