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.