A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed by a police officer when the boy came to the door holding a Wii controller, which the officer mistook for a gun.
Euharlee, Ga. police officers showed up at Christopher Roupe’s home in the Eagle View Mobile Home Park on Friday night to serve his father a warrant for violating his probation, WSBTV reports. Roupe, who was about to watch a movie, answered the door holding the video game remote control.
The female officer shot Roupe point-blank in the chest, allegedly mistaking the controller for a gun.
A neighbor, Ken Yates, said he saw the officer right after.
“This is tragic. She came out of this house. She put her head in her hands and she was sobbing,” said Yates.
Roupe’s family is filing suit against the police department. Cole Law, the lawyer representing them, said the story of Roupe's pointing a gun at the officer “doesn’t add up.”
“We don't know where that statement came from. 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,” Law said.
Roupe, who was described by mobile home park managers as a “great kid, always polite, courteous,” was active in his high school’s ROTC and planned to join the Marines after graduating. He would have turned 18 on Sunday.
Euharlee Police Chief Terry Harget said that the officer responsible had been on the force for a year, but had worked in law enforcement for a decade. She is on administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation, which is standard procedure for any shooting involving an officer.