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HORROR! Cop instantly shoots, kills teen who answered door holding video game controller
The Daily Caller ^ | 2-19-2014 | Robby Soave

Posted on 02/19/2014 3:37:02 PM PST by servo1969

A Georgia family is in shock following the death of their 17-year-old son, who was accidentally killed by a police officer who believed the video game controller he was holding was a gun, according to the family’s lawyer.

Christopher Roupe of Euharlee, Georgia heard a knock at the door of the family’s home last Friday night. Upon opening the door, he was immediately shot by a female police officer.

Roupe was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital.

The officer broke down it tears upon realizing her mistake, according to The New York Daily News.

She had been making a probation-related visit to the home. She thought Roupe was holding a gun, according to a statement from the police department.

Cole Law, the family’s attorney, said he believes that the officer did mistake Roupe’s video game controller for a weapon. Roupe was holding a remote controller for the Nintendo Wii when he opened the door, according to Law.

Standard-issue Wii controllers are white cylinders, but specialty controllers shaped like guns do exist. It is not yet known what type of controller Roupe possessed. (RELATED: Update: Texas teen faces 8 years in prison over Facebook comment)

Neighbors confirmed that Roupe had a Wii controller, not a gun, according to Law.

“The eyewitnesses on the scene clearly state that he had a Wii controller in his hand,” said Law, according to WSB-TV. “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.”

Roupe had plans to enlist in the Marines after finishing high school. He was involved in the ROTC program at his high school.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave while the police department investigates the matter. The family will likely file suit against the department.

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Local News; Military/Veterans; Society
KEYWORDS: banglist; biggestgangintown; chickification; christopherroupe; donutwatch; georgia; lawenforcement; leoshooting; police; politicalcorrectness; roupe; standingarmy; teen; wii; wiishooting
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She needs to break down in handcuffs.
1 posted on 02/19/2014 3:37:02 PM PST by servo1969
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To: servo1969

She cried, so that makes it OK.


2 posted on 02/19/2014 3:38:38 PM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: servo1969

[ 17-year-old son, who was accidentally killed by a police officer ]

Been a LOT of acciodental shootings of dogs and family memebers lately....


3 posted on 02/19/2014 3:38:52 PM PST by GraceG
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To: servo1969

It’s all in the training manual.


4 posted on 02/19/2014 3:39:10 PM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: servo1969

Another graduate of the Fullerton Police Academy.


5 posted on 02/19/2014 3:39:24 PM PST by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice.)
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To: GraceG
Been a LOT of acciodental shootings of dogs and family memebers lately....

Indeed!

6 posted on 02/19/2014 3:40:17 PM PST by Salvey
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To: servo1969

Time to Sue Nintendo, because they recommend using the strap to hold the wii controller on your hand so it doesn't go flying or so you cant put it down when you answer the door...

7 posted on 02/19/2014 3:40:24 PM PST by GraceG
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To: servo1969

Nice shootin’ Fife....

sad


8 posted on 02/19/2014 3:40:34 PM PST by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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To: servo1969

Prayers for the family who lost lost their son.


10 posted on 02/19/2014 3:41:41 PM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: servo1969

“She thought Roupe was holding a gun...”

So what? It’s not illegal to hold a gun in the United States of America, especially on your own property. Even if he had been holding a gun, that would be no excuse for killing him.


11 posted on 02/19/2014 3:41:51 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: equaviator

I’m amazed he was only shot once.


12 posted on 02/19/2014 3:42:24 PM PST by servo1969
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To: equaviator
It’s all in the training manual.

And in the range targets too

Obviously a pic of a shooting range...

13 posted on 02/19/2014 3:42:48 PM PST by GraceG
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To: servo1969

So what if it had been a gun? Answering your door with a gun in your hand is now a capital crime?


14 posted on 02/19/2014 3:42:57 PM PST by Hugin
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To: The_Victor

She was crying because she couldn’t shoot the family dog too.


15 posted on 02/19/2014 3:43:04 PM PST by Autonomous User
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To: servo1969

Well, at least the brave young female officer made it home safely and alive—that’s what counts.

/sarc


16 posted on 02/19/2014 3:43:16 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: servo1969

In minneeeesota police officers do NOT make probation
related “visits”- unless there is a warrant issued-

Parole and probation officers are supposed to be doing
the visits, sometimes with police backup (if they feel
the offender is violent)

Sounds like this dufus cop had her gun already drawn-


17 posted on 02/19/2014 3:43:36 PM PST by mj1234
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To: diverteach

18 posted on 02/19/2014 3:43:58 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: diverteach

That’s for the NES, manufactured from 1985-1992. It does not work on modern LCD/LED/Plasma televisions. It is also corded, which means that he couldn’t bring it more than eight feet from the console.

So... doubtful.


19 posted on 02/19/2014 3:44:13 PM PST by APFel (Regnum Nostrum Crescit)
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To: servo1969

Dear God, what a horror for this family. I pray God comforts them and relieves their sorrow. What a travesty.

I don’t know what kind of neighborhood this is but it appears this “cop” was primed for something.


20 posted on 02/19/2014 3:44:16 PM PST by miele man
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To: Boogieman

[ So what? It’s not illegal to hold a gun in the United States of America, especially on your own property. Even if he had been holding a gun, that would be no excuse for killing him. ]

Shut up slave, learn to love the boot on your throat or else we will audit and harass you!!!

When police start using Millitary terms like “Boots on the ground” we are officially in a Police Millitary State....


21 posted on 02/19/2014 3:44:20 PM PST by GraceG
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To: servo1969

What’s the “teen facing 8 years over Facebook comment” about?

As for this incident, cops are out of control. The bottom line is do what you’re told or get shot. In this case, the kid didn’t have a chance to do what he was told. How long has this woman been a cop?

They’ll sue the city but no amount of money will ease this family’s pain.


22 posted on 02/19/2014 3:44:53 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: servo1969
That's no "accident," the action was fully deliberate, but based on an error in perception.
23 posted on 02/19/2014 3:45:23 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: House Atreides

Something is wrong with cop training when they go around killing innocent people...and dogs.


24 posted on 02/19/2014 3:45:28 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: servo1969

why did they have to point out that the cop was a woman?....if this was a man, it would not have been mentioned, and male cops are always shooting people around here....but they had to bring the gender thingy in....


25 posted on 02/19/2014 3:45:58 PM PST by cherry (.in the time of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary.....)
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To: servo1969

Best comment on the Daily Caller thread:

“put a ban on automatic assault officers.” - mike g


26 posted on 02/19/2014 3:46:24 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: servo1969
The family will likely file suit against the department.

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I hope so, but it won't bring back their son.

27 posted on 02/19/2014 3:46:31 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: mj1234

If the cops go to a construction site, I expect a massacare, lots of power drills and other tools that could be mistaken for guns and weapons...


28 posted on 02/19/2014 3:47:33 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Hugin

Great point! He asked who was at the door and got no response. What would any of us gun owners have done with our real guns? If someone rings my door bell and I don’t know who them, I will have a gun in my hand when I open the door. If I open it at all.


29 posted on 02/19/2014 3:47:48 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: mj1234
Sounds like this dufus cop had her gun already drawn-

I think so, too. I would also bet dollars to donuts that she employed poor trigger discipline, already had her finger on the trigger, was startled by the boy, flinched and shot him.

30 posted on 02/19/2014 3:47:57 PM PST by Paine in the Neck (Our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor)
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To: servo1969
I have visited lots of people who always answer the door while armed, and I feel safer at their homes than in homes with no firearms.


Wii controller


Guns

It's not all that hard for an alert person to tell them apart, not to mention that the manner of holding the object should be a clue to the threat level.

31 posted on 02/19/2014 3:48:17 PM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: SkyDancer
The article makes it sound like she had her gun drawn when the kid opened the door. I didn't see anything in the article that said he pointed his remote control at her. It sounds like she didn't take much time to identify the threat before she opened fire on the kid.
32 posted on 02/19/2014 3:48:17 PM PST by peeps36 (I'm Not A Racist, I Hate Douchebags of All Colors)
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To: GraceG

Indeed there has. Some serious issues with our police forces.


33 posted on 02/19/2014 3:48:30 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: GraceG

Accidently hell! Anytime you point a gun at someone and pull the trigger it is an on purpose.


34 posted on 02/19/2014 3:48:45 PM PST by sport
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To: servo1969

Good grief what an idiot - and now someone is dead.


35 posted on 02/19/2014 3:49:14 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: servo1969
"The officer broke down it tears upon realizing her mistake"

No one is a winner here. But really, do we all have to go around with our hands in the air these days to keep from being shot by the police?
36 posted on 02/19/2014 3:49:14 PM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: The_Victor
She cried, so that makes it OK.

Next she will say she is sorry and then she can be promoted to division captain or something like that.

37 posted on 02/19/2014 3:49:39 PM PST by ProudFossil (" I never did give anyone hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell." Harry Truman)
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To: servo1969

I believe that because of political correctness many people who should not be police are police. I met a highway patrol “resourse officer.” Totally incompenant and probably given that job because of her obvious unsuitability. But, there she was with the entire bat belt of goodies.

A friend is fond of saying, “There’s no problem that can’t be made worse by involving the police.”

Also, why are so many public employees armed? Why is the USPS buying ammo? Why does the IRS have armed SWAT agents? They can’t use a better trained specialized police unit? Public employees have become too militarized.


38 posted on 02/19/2014 3:50:23 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: GraceG

39 posted on 02/19/2014 3:50:41 PM PST by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: mj1234
Sounds like this dufus cop had her gun already drawn

That was my first thought. Why would she have her gun drawn? If she didn't, then she sure reacted strangely. What a great profession LE has turned into - no need to accept any risk. Ever.
40 posted on 02/19/2014 3:50:51 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: servo1969
GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) said it would be turning over the evidence to the DA when the investigation was complete, in about a month.

Give it some time for things to die down a bit, and manufacture some good evidence in the meantime.

41 posted on 02/19/2014 3:51:12 PM PST by tpmintx (Gun free zones are hunting preserves for unarmed people.)
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To: South40

Only took 39 posts for someone to post the Wii gun controllers. Course there wasn’t one in the article.


42 posted on 02/19/2014 3:52:10 PM PST by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: hal ogen

agree....the shoot first attitude is just crazy....


43 posted on 02/19/2014 3:52:28 PM PST by cherry (.in the time of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary.....)
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To: servo1969

Let’s reverse the situation. What if the homeowner shot the cop first because he thought she was an intruder?

Hmmm.. I can only guess what the outcome would be.


44 posted on 02/19/2014 3:54:17 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: servo1969

What is it that we keep hearing about “common-sense” gun control “keeping guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them”? What happens when that’s the cops?


45 posted on 02/19/2014 3:54:27 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans
Only took 39 posts for someone to post the Wii gun controllers. Course there wasn’t one in the article.

Wasn't one meaning what? They were mentioned. You would know that had you read the article and possessed the ability to comprehend.

Standard-issue Wii controllers are white cylinders, but specialty controllers shaped like guns do exist.

46 posted on 02/19/2014 3:55:38 PM PST by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: servo1969

We should all be making a list and checking it twice!


47 posted on 02/19/2014 3:57:30 PM PST by Renegade
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To: Billthedrill

I tell folks that if their Uncle Henry has locked himself in the bathroom (again!), not to call the cops. They’ll come, and kill him when he emerges brandishing the hair dryer.

“We were in fear for our lives...”


48 posted on 02/19/2014 4:00:05 PM PST by steerpike100
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To: servo1969
This female LEO should be arrested for negligent homicide of 17 year old Christopher Roupe, tried, convicted, and sentenced from 10-15 years of hard prison time. [The Roupe family should be glad their son did not have a dog accompany him to the door — she would have shot the dog too.]

Or, if there were real justice, give the family the option of shooting this Rambo cop-chick center of mass with her own sidearm. That's justice.

49 posted on 02/19/2014 4:00:51 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: hal ogen

“Something is wrong with cop training when they go around killing innocent people...and dogs.”

No, the training is just fine.

“Shoot at anything that you perceive to possibly become a threat.”


50 posted on 02/19/2014 4:02:44 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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