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Family: Teen Killed By Police Officer Was Holding Wii Game Control

The family of a teenager shot and killed by police deny he had a weapon. They say he was holding a Wii game remote.

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Euharlee, Ga. – The family of a teenager shot and killed by police officer disputes the officer’s statement that the 17-year-old had a gun in his hand when the fatal confrontation took place.

Instead, the family’s attorney says, Christopher Roupe had a Wii game control in his hand.

Roupe was in the ROTC at Woodland High School and wanted to join the Marines, says WSB TV.

The teen died Friday night when Euharlee police officers showed up at the door of his home in the Eagle View Mobile Home Park to serve a probation violation warrant for his father. A female police officer told investigators that Roupe pointed a gun at her when he opened the door.

“It just doesn't add up,” attorney Cole Law, who is representing the Roupe family, told the TV station.

Law said Roupe was about to watch a movie.

“We don't know where that statement came from. The eyewitnesses on the scene clearly state 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,” Law told WSB.

Neighbors who ran to the home after they heard the shot said they saw a Wii game remote control in Roupe’s hand.

Neighbor Ken Yates said he saw the female officer moments after the fatal shot.

“This is tragic. … She put her head in her hands and she was sobbing. Supposedly, he opened the door with a BB gun and in my opinion I think he was playing a game with his neighborhood buddies,” said Yates.

The officer fired once, striking Roupe. He was taken to Cartersville Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, reports the Daily Tribune News.

Euharlee Police Chief Terry Harget told the newspaper, “The officer who fired the shot has been with our department for more than a year but has 10 years of law enforcement training and experience.”

Dennis Richardson February 21, 2014 at 05:01 PM
When will a police officer be shot and killed accidentally by a citizen and it will be determined to be a righteous shooting. This nation is becoming a police state because of trigger happy thugs that wear police officers uniforms. This woman should be indicted, tried, convicted of murder & executed. Police officers must take responsibility for their actions or there is no law and order. It happens too often. Police are the criminals.
marianne February 22, 2014 at 12:44 AM
One question needs to be asked.....Why was her gun drawn in the first place?
Ginger matthews February 22, 2014 at 11:49 PM
If an officer was shot on accident by a teenager and killed you can bet the teenager would be found guilty and put away for life. But you can bet in this case the officer will not be charged. Look in the daily Tribune on FEBRUARY 21st and you will see they are already starting to change the storey around.
Ginger matthews February 23, 2014 at 12:37 AM
This goes out to Renee Vance the teens aunt. You go Renee I'm proud of you for standing up to everyone worrying these bad comments on this storey you no as well as I do if it was the other way around and your nephew shot and killed that cop he would have been arrested right then and took to jail and he would have been found guilty and got a life sentence. As for taking someone to jail I can't believe after killing his son while he watched his son die they still took the dad to jail. Well let me add a little to your storey. On January the 5th 2014 my son was in a fight with a man 45yrs old and my son is 20yrs old. My son was hurt bad his eyebrow was broke he had to have 15 stitches from corner of his eye down his face he had a blood clot behind his eye and we didn't know if he would ever see again. The same lady cop was at my house yelling at me and my 17yr old and she said we would go to jail if we opened our mouths again. Well after my son was rushed to Floyd's medical by EMS she started changing her storey she gave me her private cell # told me to call anytime I needed to and she was praying for my son to have a fast recovery she never said anything about jail. But 5 days later my son was arrested for the fight he didn't even get to have the surgery he needed on his eye well I called her when they picked my son up and she had nothing to say to me then. My son is still in jail cause that made him a violation with his p.o well your nephew's dad ended up in the same cell with my son. My son called the other day and he was so happy that Chris dad had gotten out and in time for the funeral also so at least that made my son day cause he felt so bad for that dad. God Bless the family our prayers go out to you and let's pray she does come back to Euharlee as a cop again. I'm glad to see you are fighting for justice. GINGER MATTHEWS
Ginger matthews February 23, 2014 at 12:48 AM
My comment was spelled wrong on some words and I didn't mean to word one of the sentences the way it read. It was suppose to say Lets hope she doesn't come back to Euharlee and work as a cop again. We can do without our kids being killed by a cop. Thank you for letting me reword that I'm on your side Renee. Ginger Matthews

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