Police serving a warrant in Euharlee, Ga., shot and killed a 17-year-old boy last week when he answered the door of his home with a video game controller in hand.
Christopher Roupe, a member of the Woodland High ROTC and aspiring Marine, was allegedly holding the remote for a Wii video game when officers arrived at his mobile home to serve a probation violation warrant on his father.
When the teen opened the door, a female officer, who later claimed he had a gun, opened fire.
But the family’s attorney and some neighbors say that the officer’s story 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,” attorney Cole Law said.
Tia Howard, a neighbor who lives a few doors down from the Roupe family, told WSBT that she arrived at the scene moments after hearing the shooting.
“When we got up there, they said there was a Wii remote in his hand and she shot him,” she said.
In an official statement, the police department alleged that the teen answered the door with a gun pointed directly at the female office. One neighbor on the scene noted that the officer realized her mistake almost immediately after taking the boy’s life.
“She put her head in her hands and she was sobbing,” Ken Yates told WSBT. “Supposedly, he opened the door with a BB gun and in my opinion I think he was playing a game with his neighborhood buddies.”