A Georgia teenager is dead at the hands of a female cop with an itchy trigger finger.
An attorney representing the family of Christopher Roupe, 17, said the boy was shot dead by one of two Euharlee police officers who arrived at his home to serve an arrest warrant on his father on the night of Feb. 14.
Attorney Cole Law said Roupe was in his bedroom preparing to watch a movie when there came a knock on his bedroom door.
The female cop told investigators that the teen answered the door with what appeared to be a gun in his hand, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“The officer fired one shot, striking Roupe,” Lang told the AJC. “The officer immediately called for medical assistance. Roupe was transported to the hospital in Cartersville where he was pronounced dead.”
Lang did not indicate if the officer's weapon was already drawn when she knocked on Roupe's door.
Attorney Law told WSB Channel 2 Action News the officer's story "just doesn't add up.”
"As the eyewitnesses on the scene clearly state, he had a Wii controller in his hand," said Law. "He heard a knock at the door. He asked who it was. There was no response, so he opened the door, and immediately upon opening the door, he was shot in the chest," Law told WSB.
Neighbors told WSB they ran to the home after hearing the gunshot.
“When we got up there, they said there was a Wii remote in his hand and she shot him,” said Tia Howard.
Neighbors said the officer appeared to be distraught.
“This is tragic. She came out of this house. She put her head in her hands and she was sobbing,” said neighbor Ken Yates.
“He was a good kid. He always hung out with me and he took up for me,” said Roupe's friend William Corson. Roupe was a member of the ROTC at Woodland High School and had plans to join the marines after graduation.
The female cop is on paid administrative leave, which is standard police procedure after an officer-involved shooting, according to WSB.
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