An attorney representing the family of a Georgia teen who was fatally shot by police at his home says the boy only had a Nintendo Wii controller in his hand.
Christopher Roupe, 17, died Feb. 14 when one of two Euharlee police officers who came to his home to serve a probation violation warrant for his father shot him in the chest.
The female officer told investigators that the teen answered the door with what appeared to be a gun pointed at her, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“The officer fired one shot, striking Roupe,” Lang told the paper. “The officer immediately called for medical assistance. Roupe was transported to the hospital in Cartersville where he was pronounced dead.”
Cole Law, an attorney representing the family, told WSB that the story "just doesn't add up.” He says eyewitnesses claim the boy had a Wii controller in his hand and was preparing to watch a movie.
"As the eyewitnesses on the scene clearly state, 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 immediately upon opening the door, he was shot in the chest," Law told WSB.
Roupe was in the ROTC at Woodland High School and hoped to join the U.S. Marine Corps, the station reported. His friends remember him as a good kid.
The officer who fired the shot has been placed on administrative leave. Neighbors told WSB that they saw her right after shots rang out.
"She came out of this house. She put her head in her hands and she was sobbing," neighbor Ken Yates told the station. “This is tragic."