Skip to comments.HORROR! Cop instantly shoots, kills teen who answered door holding video game controller
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 familys lawyer.
Christopher Roupe of Euharlee, Georgia heard a knock at the door of the familys 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 familys attorney, said he believes that the officer did mistake Roupes 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.
She cried, so that makes it OK.
[ 17-year-old son, who was accidentally killed by a police officer ]
Been a LOT of acciodental shootings of dogs and family memebers lately....
It’s all in the training manual.
Another graduate of the Fullerton Police Academy.
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...
Nice shootin’ Fife....
Prayers for the family who lost lost their son.
“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.
I’m amazed he was only shot once.
And in the range targets too
Obviously a pic of a shooting range...
So what if it had been a gun? Answering your door with a gun in your hand is now a capital crime?
She was crying because she couldn’t shoot the family dog too.
Well, at least the brave young female officer made it home safely and alive—that’s what counts.
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-
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.
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.
[ So what? Its 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....
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.
Something is wrong with cop training when they go around killing innocent people...and dogs.
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....
Best comment on the Daily Caller thread:
“put a ban on automatic assault officers.” - mike g
I hope so, but it won't bring back their son.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Indeed there has. Some serious issues with our police forces.
Accidently hell! Anytime you point a gun at someone and pull the trigger it is an on purpose.
Good grief what an idiot - and now someone is dead.
Next she will say she is sorry and then she can be promoted to division captain or something like that.
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.
Give it some time for things to die down a bit, and manufacture some good evidence in the meantime.
Only took 39 posts for someone to post the Wii gun controllers. Course there wasn’t one in the article.
agree....the shoot first attitude is just crazy....
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.
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?
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.
We should all be making a list and checking it twice!
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...”
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.
“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.”