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.”

J D C February 20, 2014 at 08:12 PM
Andrew February 20, 2014 at 09:38 PM
I don't believe anyone in this case until I see the evidence. If it is a gun or resembles a real gun it was a justified shoot. If it is a joy stick it is not a justified shoot.
craigm2379 February 20, 2014 at 10:40 PM
WOW , theres a shock , just another cop shooting a kid ! ....nothing but DIRTY !
Marshall Sam McCloud February 21, 2014 at 12:31 AM
What difference does it make how much experience she has if she's shooting kids with game console controllers in their hands? Isn't there a reasonable amount of time supposed to elapse where the officer observes the device in the person's hand to be sure then orders them to drop it or noooo, they're supposed to just pull their guns and fire. Yep, shoot first, question later. What a joke. And people think someday there may be peace on Earth? Riiiiiiight.
userbronco February 21, 2014 at 07:40 AM
Stephens County deputy Chance Oxner shooting Ron Ayers just cost Stephens county $ 2.4 million according to the AJC Maybe this one will cost the same When all the $ that was going to be used to give the cops a raise goes to pay the family of a wrongfully killed person That's the only way to legally teach cops that blowing away people whenever they feel like it is wrong
Grumpy Old Man February 21, 2014 at 07:41 AM
Cory - the officer was a she. You might try to get your facts straight before you post your drivel. Have you ever heard of the presumption of innocence? I guess that doesn't apply to police officers, right? I could make a lot of value judgments based on the so called "facts" presented in this post. I have little confidence in the news media to accurately present the facts. I do not assume any of these "facts" are accurate or inaccurate. I would certainly expect that an investigation be conducted and if warranted proper charges be filed. It isn't murder on any of the facts presented here. If there is evidence that the local authorities are covering up, whitewashing the incident, a complaint should be filed with the State AG and if that doesn't work, a federal civil rights investigation - the officer was acting under color of law which makes her susceptible to civil rights violations and federal involvement. As for me I would want the facts as determined by an investigation but I doubt we will read about them on Patch.
Grumpy Old Man February 21, 2014 at 07:41 AM
Whoops, I have an eye exam - It's Cary, not Cory.
Thomas February 21, 2014 at 09:37 AM
Yes Pa.... I mean Grumpy old fart, get your eyes checked before you post YOUR drivel.
Grumpy Old Man February 21, 2014 at 09:45 AM
I note that Thomas can make a rational argument. Oh, did I mistake his comment for an argument. My comment above was directed at the execute first and don't bother with the trial argument that Cary made. I guess that same argument goes for Thomas too. Right Son? Oh, no I meant Torquemada.
Thomas February 21, 2014 at 09:51 AM
Tao Lee February 21, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Boy, there sure are a lot of people who have had run ins with the law and dislike PD. It simply says it was a WII controler but does not state which one. Was it black and shaped like a pistol or the shotgun? Did the kid go: 'pew, pew!' at the cops with it? If it was a bb gun, was it switched out by one of those witnesses? BB guns can still be dangerous, especially if the target is standing mere feet away from it. There is waaaay more to this than meets the eye. This story is useless without pix other than of the 'good boy in ROTC uniform'.
Gregg Miller February 21, 2014 at 01:07 PM
Nazi cops.
warren blum February 21, 2014 at 01:14 PM
the news article does not state if the wii controller looked like a firearm in this kids hand. did he inadverdently point it at the cop? did she over react by shooting first? lots of questions. i do agree the new gen of under 35 cops do things differently today and some of that can be contributed to 9/11 and the patriot act as its given cops new directives in their approaches that were not there years ago.
J D C February 21, 2014 at 01:25 PM
warren blum do you know any "under 35 cops"? I'm curious what you mean by new directives in their approaches that weren't there before? Do you think they are more aggressive than the older rank and file?
warren blum February 21, 2014 at 02:04 PM
Let me just say I earned the right to my opinions on law enforcement. They don't appear to be more aggressive. However they use less discretion than in the past and get away with it. Less tolerance more arrests and let the higher authorities make the final decisions. That's why the USA has the highest amount of people locked up in jails. Under the guise of ethics.
Max Stone February 21, 2014 at 02:21 PM
Funny how everyone is leaving comments about how the police should be fired or sent to jail when they weren't the ones there. After an officer involved shooting none of those people would have been close enough to see what he had in his hand. Then the neighbors said "they were told" he had a wii remote in his hand. How about people wait for the evidence to make an opinion.
Gregg Miller February 21, 2014 at 02:28 PM
Coward cops. All they need is a high school diploma to get hired so we have half wits out there killing our children because they're afraid so they shoot. This is not a remote case. Each day there are atrocities being committed by coward cops. When will the taxpayers sa y WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH?
J D C February 21, 2014 at 02:28 PM
Yeah you do have the right to your opinion. If they have less discretion and less tolerance and more arrests ( maybe because crime is an EPIDEMIC, along with the scumbags doing them), that would constitute being more aggressive. I'm not going to argue semantics but you are dead wrong. Police officers haven't been more HANDCUFFED by the PCers than NOW. And they may have more arrests for reason I stated, but I will GUARANTEE they have less incarcerations % wise than EVER before also. The prosecutors offices in EVERY city in this country looks like Lets Make a Deal with its revolving door. And NEVER before have you had scumbags in the hood making up raps about cops, and if you got your chops you know what that means.But NOW in the cities you have the newer element, the immigrants who get arrested 3 times and all 3 times have a different name! And once they leave lock up they're poof, gone like ghosts. The OLD time cops gave you a STRAIGHT up BEATIN when you got caught, white, black no matter! DISCRETION? Hahahaha, a cop from 30 years ago if you time machined him here today, would be FIRED or in JAIL within 3 pinches.
J D C February 21, 2014 at 02:41 PM
Yeah, I say all the "coward" cops should QUIT! Then it would be so much nicer for everybody. F**K those little cowards, who needs em right Gregg?
warren blum February 21, 2014 at 02:43 PM
Old school pal. U can't convince me of the new breed. Not with what I've seen mostly rat bastards and wussies
J D C February 21, 2014 at 02:43 PM
It IS true, all you have to do is come on the "Patch" to understand EVERYTHING.
J D C February 21, 2014 at 02:47 PM
Yeah OKAY PAL. "Old school" my ass.
warren blum February 21, 2014 at 03:01 PM
U must be a under 35 er ethical type. Go use u r taser if not u might get hurt
J D C February 21, 2014 at 03:06 PM
Yeah tough guy, your OLD SCHOOL. Old school PUNK who still says "PAL", LMFBO. Ok there Tommy 10 thumbs, how U doin? What a ya gunna tell me next, your connected? Whats a matter Tommy, still gettin jammed up on drunken beefs and the young boys aint givin you your RESPECT? There "Old school" and "Old SCHOOLED". lol
John February 21, 2014 at 04:20 PM
No excuse for this. The officer has a duty to positivly identify a weapon before opening fire and if possible a stop non lethal shot be used. This officer should be charged with premeditated murder and locked up for life.
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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