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Report: Officer Used Unauthorized Force In Fatal Shooting of Teen

A Bartow County grand jury has recommended District Attorney Rosemary Greene take action in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Christopher Roupe.

Credit: Patch file
Credit: Patch file
A Bartow County grand jury has ruled an officer with the Euharlee Police Department used unauthorized force when she shot and killed a teenager.

The grand jury referred the case to District Attorney Rosemary Greene’s office for action, according to The Daily News Tribune. Greene told the newspaper she will review the evidence to determine what, if any, violations occurred.

Once that happens, she will submit the evidence to a future grand jury to review as part of any potential actions they may issue. 

Cpl. Beth Gatney with the Euharlee Police Department fatally shot 17-year-old Christopher Roupe while she and another officer were serving arrest warrants at a home in Eagle View Mobile Home Park in the small Bartow city.

An officer told authorities that Roupe opened the door and pointed a gun at officers. However, an attorney for Roupe's family said the teenager was holding a Nintendo Wii game controller when he was fatally wounded.

Roupe was a student at Woodland High School and was a member of the school's JROTC program. 

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