Georgia cop kills teen holding Wii remote

Christopher Roupe
Christopher Roupe

An as of yet, unidentified police officer, has killed a teenager in Georgia mistaking his Wii remote for a gun. The officer shot Christopher Roupe, 17 in the chest as she and her partner were attempting to serve a warrant.

According to witnesses, Roupe heard a knock at the door, when he asked who was there he heard no response. That is when he got up from playing games with his friends to open the door and was immediately shot.  The community of Euharlee, GA is shocked by the shooting at the mobile home trailer park. Euharlee Police Chief Terry Harget has stated that the officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay and the case is now being handled by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI).

Because the GBI is handling the case Harget would not issue any more statements or release the name of the officers involved saying “We can’t release their names, the reason being some of their families don’t even know they were involved. We’re trying to protect their privacy.”

The GBI has not released any statement on the incident and has not indicated if a weapon was found at the scene. Roupe was a student at Woodland High School and a member of the JROTC. His family stated that he wanted to join the US Marine Corps. His body was taken to the GBI crime lab for autopsy.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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