Skip to comments.Unbelievable: Cop who wrongly killed teen had history of blunders, was fired from last job as cop
Posted on 03/06/2014 4:58:30 PM PST by servo1969
The Euharlee, Georgia police officer who shot and killed a teenager because she wrongly thought he was holding a gun had made a similar mistake in the past, and was fired from her previous job as a police officer as part of long history of blunders and poor job performance.
When 17-year-old Christopher Roupe answered the door at his home on the night of February 17, officer Beth Gatny opened fire on him. Gatny, who was there to serve a warrant on Roupes father, had thought the teenager was holding a gun. Lawyers for the Roupe family say the kid did not have a gun, and was likely holding a video game controller for the Nintendo Wii.
Roupe died as a result of the shooting.
New evidence has surfaced suggesting that Gatny had a history of making this mistake and should never have been employed by the Euharlee police department. In 2008, she fired her gun at a suspect who was trying to open his backpack because she thought he was armed. The suspect was not armed, and her partner said there was no reason to think otherwise. An investigation disagreed with the partner and found Gatny innocent.
Worse, Gatny was fired from her job as a police officer in Acworth, Georgia before joining the Euharlee force nine months ago. Gatny was fired for failing to show up for work, according to NBC News.
Gatny sought disability compensation and was rejected because her claim was not medically supported, according to personnel records.
She was reprimanded for failure to follow orders and for leaving her weapon with a civilian while her picture was taken. She was also involved in four car accidents.
Euharlee police did not immediately respond to a request for comment as to whether they were aware of these facts when she was hired.
Who will she kill on her next job, or will she a promotion ?
Incompetent, trigger happy, power tripping hateful woman.
An innocent teen had to die to get her off the streets? I’d say the system failed.
You know... I can understand DRAWING your weapon, if you think someone might be armed.
But unless they are pointing it at you, I don’t understand why she felt she had to fire her weapon. I think pointing your weapon at the target and issuing instructions would be more than enough.
Hunt her down and.........
That scab is prime for IRS recruitment.
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Did she go home safe at the end of that shift? Yes. Case closed.
What makes you think she's fully off the streets?
This broad makes Barney Fife look like James Bond. These poor
grieving parents need to sue every town that employed her.
That sweet looking kid.
She even looks skittish in that photo.
Well, I imagine she isn’t working as a cop anymore.
And still no response and no press conference and no pictures of the “weapon” from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations.
That's what people said after she was terminated at the Acworth PD and just before she was hired by the Euharlee PD.
well, I’m lost for words with this crazy woman.
I just hope that teen’s family gets her put away.
She looks like there’s nothing behind those eyes. She’s a meathead...dead from the neck up.
It may get her off one set of streets. There are many other jurisdictions for which her proclivities are a decided plus.
According to the original report, she fired IMMEDIATELY upon the door opening. She must have already had her weapon drawn with her finger ON the trigger and with an intention to shoot whoever opened the door. She did not have time to process that he had something in his hand.
That's what people said after she was terminated at the Acworth PD and just before she was hired by the Euharlee PD.<
I am sure she is already getting calls from other departments offering her more pay.
She should be brought up on premeditated murder.
Eric Holder will hire her. Needed to investigate those dangerous tea party groups. No sarcasm
In a fantasy world she would be, or in 1959.
I would not bet on it. Even though she deserves to spend the rest of her live in prison, the system, meaning the police and courts will defend , protect, and shield her as long as necessary. So long as it is the peasants she murders, the sky is the limit on how far she can go.
She will definitely get a promotion and odds that she will kill again are about the same as the sun will rise in the morning.
Acworth, GA? Wayyyy to close to home. This chick is a time bomb.
Of course she was. The photographer was pointing a gun at her.
Oh, wait, it was a camera.
You sure that she is off the street?
Did the article say that she has been fired?
Other than a whitewash, there won’t be a response.
Corporal Gatny’s photo
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It looks like she went from the job she got fired from to this present job.
She has been on THIS JOB for 9 months.
How in the world did she get promoted to Corporal already?
TSA is probably holding a spot for her....
Yeah- imagine that. She was a supervisor.
She’s got THE EYES!
Fat lesbian who will prolly get hired by the IRS, investigating Tea Partiers.
This is what cops find acceptable in LE officers. No outcry for punishment, and a union will defend her job. But the cops and supporters can’t understand the hatred for modern LE.
GA FReeper ping.
Keep an eye on your police and make sure they aren’t hiring idiots.
Can you say "whitewash?"
The woman needs to be criminally prosecuted for manslaughter at least. Of course it will never happen. After all cops get a free pass for killing peasants. It's why some of them join.
Unfortunately all too believable. WHERE ARE THE COP SUCKERS? Let's hear them defend this one. The most important thing is (trumpet fanfare) DID SHE GET TO GO HOME TO HER FAMILY THAT NIGHT?
Does anybody know the name of the other officer with her — supposedly a male — who has also been put on leave.
After he was shot and lay bleeding to death this other officer was supposedly heard to say “put your gun away — it’s only a remote”.
Meanwhile Georgia’s finest at the GBI are searching everywhere from swamp to swill looking for that non-existent gun.
It sounds like she’s too fearful to be a police officer. You can’t walk around wired all the time and do the job properly. So the $60,000 question is will she get fired from her current position?
The way “so called police dept’s.” work now days she will get a paid vacation and a promotion.
Who is this TV reporter and why would this TV reporter be allowed to traipse through a crime scene???
And why would this wii gun not have been bagged as evidence immediately???
The word "euharlee" has now become synonymous with "barney fife".
One commenter writes:
The Euharlee police dept went to serve a violation of probation warrant for a misdemeanor.
I have gone over and over this story with the two siblings of Christopher and there was not BB gun pulled on the officer.
Christopher had gotten up to put in a movie and had the wii remote in his hand so that he could start the movie.
There was a knock on the door and Christopher said who is it. No one answered him so he opened the door with the wii remote still in his hand.
The female officer already had her gun drew and saw the remote, assumed it was a weapon and shot my nephew in the chest. She never said put down your weapon she just shot.
The male officer told the female officer to put her gun away because it was only a remote control. She didnt.
Christophers little sister started towards Christopher because he had already fell to the floor so this female officer pointed her gun at my niece who by the way is 13 Years old and told her to shut up and stay where she was.
My name is Nancy Beth Gatny, Beth Gatny to those who know and love me, Officer Gatny to those who dont and I used to be Beth Daniel of Lebanon, Mo.
I believe they think I am more than a little odd. I can try to pep talk myself into believing that I need to focus but the little weirdo that lives inside me, she is off her meds, dancing through the trees and singing off key at the top of her voice yep going to be a great day, I can feel it!!!"
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