A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed in his home by a police officer on Friday, February 14. Reports from eyewitnesses suggest that when he answered the door, an officer immediately discharged her weapon and killed the young man.
Officers were at the Euharlee, Georgia home of Christopher Roupe (pictured above in ROTC uniform) and his family to serve a probation violation warrant for the boy’s father. The family attorney, Cole Law, told Atlanta television station WSB that eyewitness reports indicate that Roupe had a Wii Controller in his hand at the time.
Reports also indicate that the officers did not identify themselves when Roupe asked before the door was opened. The police officer involved in the shooting allegedly claimed the boy pointed a BB gun directly at her. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is handling the inquiry has not commented on the conflicting reports or even if a BB gun was taken into evidence.
The officer involved in the shooting is on mandatory administrative leave, which is standard procedure in the event of an officer-involved shooting. The funeral for Roupe will be held Friday, February 21. We have requested more information from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and will update should we receive a response.
[Source: WSB Atlanta]
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Christopher Roupe and the officer who will have to bear the consequences of her actions.