EUHARLEE, Ga. — Christopher Roupe, 17, was in the ROTC at Woodland High School and wanted to join the Marines. His friends said he looked after them.
“He was a good kid. He always hung out with me and he took up for me,” said William Corson.
Roupe’s young life ended 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.
Police say that Roupe had a gun in his hand when he opened the door. However, according to Cole Law, the attorney representing the family, “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.”
The neighbors said the ran to the house after they heard the gunshot, “When we got up there, they said there was a Wii remote in his hand and she shot him,” said Tia Howard, who lives a few doors down.
Neighbor Ken Yates said he saw the female officer moments after the fatal shot.
“This is tragic. She came out of this house. 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 is on administrative leave, which is standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting.
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