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article imageGeorgia teen answers door holding Wii remote, shot dead by cop

By Arthur Weinreb     Feb 21, 2014 in World
When 17-year-old Christopher Roupe answered a knock on the door, according to witnesses he was holding a Wii remote. A police officer at the door, thinking it was a gun, fatally shot the teen once in the chest.
The fatal incident occurred last Friday evening. At 7:35 p.m. two Euharlee, Georgia police officers went to a home to serve two probation violation arrest warrants on Roupe's father. They knocked on the door and the 17-year-old asked who it was. There was no response. Roupe then opened the door and was immediately shot in the chest.
Sherry Lang, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said, "The officer fired one shot, striking Roupe. The officer immediately called for medical assistance. Roupe was transported to the hospital in Cartersville where he was pronounced dead."
According to the female police officer, whose name has not been released, when he opened the door, Roupe had a gun pointed at her. But witnesses tell a different story.
After the shot was fired, neighbours ran to the home. One of the neighbours, Tia Howard, said, "When we got up there, they said there was a Wii remote in his hand, and she shot him."
Family members who were in the home at the time of the shooting, also say Roupe had a Wii remote in his hand when he answered the door.
Neighbour Ken Yates saw the female officer shortly after the fatal shot was fired. Yates said, "She came out of this house. She put her head in her hands, and she was sobbing. But supposedly, he opened the door with a bb gun. And in my opinion, what I think, I think he was playing a game with his neighborhood buddies."
The family has hired a lawyer. Attorney Cole Law said he doesn't know where the story about Roupe having a gun came from; the neighbours clearly said he had a Wii remote in his hand. Cole also said while the kids in the home did have bb guns, there were no firearms in the house.
Roupe, who was described by friends as "a good kid," was in the ROTC at Woodland High School in Cartersville. He planned on joining the Marines after he finished school.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is continuing to investigate the shooting and the police office who fired the fatal shot has been placed on administrative leave. Funeral services for Roupe will be held today.
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