EUHARLEE, GA — A teenage male was shot in his own home while answering the door for police. Police claim he pointed a gun, but witnesses say he was playing video games and had game controller in his hand when he died.
The incident happened Friday, February 14th, when Euharlee Police officers arrived at the Roupe home to serve a warrant for his father who had allegedly violated his probation.
Inside the mobile home was Christopher Roupe, 17, who was enrolled in his high school’s ROTC program and had intentions of joining the Marine Corps.
Details are murky, but one thing is clear. Roupe was shot after answering the door for a police officer.
The unnamed female cop who shot Roupe claimed the teen pointed a gun at her after opening the door, and said as much to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) when it began looking into the case.
Attorney Cole Law, representing the Roupe family, says the officer’s statement “just doesn’t add up.” The attorney says the deceased teen was playing video games and about to watch a movie.
“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 said to WSB-TV.
Upon hearing the gunshot, neighbors immediately came running. One neighbor, Tia Howard, told reporters, “When we got up there, they said there was a Wii remote in his hand and she shot him.”
Despite witnesses seeing the officer sobbing after the shooting, she did not report a video game controller. She reported a gun and attempted to justify her actions.
Why would the officer cry if Roupe had just tried to kill her? Why would Roupe, who aspires to work for the government, try to murder a civil servant?
Discovering the full truth of the incident will require the public to pressure the department for more details.