Skip to comments.[S]hot dead by female police officer 'who mistook Nintendo Wii controller ... for a gun'
Posted on 02/20/2014 6:48:58 AM PST by Uncle Chip
Police in Georgia on Friday served a warrant for a probation violation at the trailer park home of a man and his son, a 17-year-old aspiring Marine. In the process of serving the warrant on the boy's father, an officer fatally shot the teen.
His crime: according to his attorney, he did nothing more than answer the door while holding a controller of a Nintendo Wii.
Police in Euharlee, Georgia - about 50 miles northwest of Atlanta - however, claim that Christopher Roupe pointed a gun at the female officer when he opened the door, which prompted her to fire a live round at the aspiring military man.
No witnesses reported seeing the boy holding any weapons, and authorities won't say whether a weapon was found at the scene.
'It just doesn't add up,' Cole Law, who is representing the Roupe family, told wsbtv.com.
As for the claim that Roupe was holding a gun, Law says he's seen no evidence supporting the officer's claim.
'We don't know where that statement came from. The eyewitnesses on the scene clearly state that 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 upon opening the door he was immediately shot in the chest,' Law said.....
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This came up yesterday .... concensus has the cop tried, convicted and executed.
Yes, the Wii Controller truly is an assault weapon..../s
I believe the story that he had a WII controller. But...
If you knock on a door and they ask “who’s there” and you don’t reply, I would EXPECT someone inside to answer with a gun in their hand.
But did he point it? Or give any indication of trying to use it?
Standing there with a gun in your hand should not be a death sentence. (even though he wasn’t)
She needs to be charged.
Meanwhile, local police were desperately trying to canvas the troops for an appropriate 'throwdown' to display.
Back in the day the fastest I could draw and fire with any accuracy was ~ 3/4 of a second. Assuming her speed was similar, that would have been plenty of time to recognize that what he was holding WASNT a gun. If she came to the door with gun drawn its a different story.
Obviously the officer THOUGHT he had a weapon and reacted but unfortunately in the wrong way. Put yourself in her position having just “accidentally” killing that young man. She will NEVER be the same.
I know of an police officer that HAD to kill a crazed man who had already shot two officers and to keep the man from killing more people. He has been haunted by that NECESSARY killing since that terrible day some years ago. Killing someone is not like TV, it’s REAL and permanent.
If a gun had been found I guarantee they would be displaying it on every media outlet in the community. This was out and out murder.
What do you expect when cops are practically given a free hand in such situations?
Well, at least she went home safe to her family that night.
She is alive...and should be in prison for manslaughter.
Golly, why should any murderer be charged with a crime? Following your logic, every perp must feel just awful about his or her deed and that’s punishment enough.
But the poor dear had to explain the tear stains on her cheeks.
Frankly, I don’t care what that officer’s feelings were after she shot the teenager. She screwed up - badly - deadly.
The police should produce a real weapon or a reasonable facsimile that isn’t a game controller that can substantiate this officer’s claims. If not, then she should be charged and tried for manslaughter - minimum.
Further, the purpose of the ‘raid’ was to get the father for “probation violation”....doesn’t sound to me like that dire of a situation to warrant a hair-trigger killing of a teenager.
I’ll be happy to throw the lever to open the trap.
There is literally NOTHING that can justify what the cop did. Even if he DID open the door holding a gun (which he didn’t) it is not against the law answer the door holding a gun. She committed murder pure and simple. And will, no doubt, get away with it.
I am becoming strongly of the opinion that we need to disarm cops and limit them solely to night sticks, tasers, and pepper spray.
She will be 1000 times SAMER than the kid who she has deaded.
Think of all the things that she is now doing and can do and will do that her victim cannot do.
That reasoning is truly hollow --
She needs to hang.
Seriously, I’m sure she feels awful about it.
But it’s a matter of training and attitude. “Us vs Them” training and attitude result in innocent “civilians” being killed by law enforcement.
Either will the 17 year old boy.
Exactly. I’m sure there are a lot of drunk drivers that are “never the same” after killing someone, but does that mean they can escape jail for their ‘mistake’?
I agree. But there have been cases of mitigating circumstances and the police in those cases have prevailed.
The point of my comment was one of making the police department own up QUICKLY and OPENLY with haste and not cower behind lawyers and ‘procedure’.
IMO, that so-called female officer should be tried for manslaughter minimum with real jail/prison time as a consequence.
Is that like aspiring rap artist? Beside, this was a probation raid on a trailer park, so the situation was not as peachy as we’d like to believe.
“What do you expect when cops are practically given a free hand in such situations?”
Her defense will be that she acted in accordance with departmental guidelines and her training. Video training simulations are fairly common and routinely teach cops to act instantly when a threat is perceived.
It seems that the ROE’s for Police are looser than the ROE’s for our troops in Afghanistan. If this officer were a soldier it would be called murder.
Many cops, especially females, are so scared shitless of being shot or otherwise seriously hurt, shooting someone becomes a possibility in practically any civilian encounter.
At least the officer went home safe and sound.
Nothing else matters.
She should but she won’t.
Internal Affairs will say that she “followed procedure” and the DA will decline to prosecute.
Standard rule application: What would happen if I did the exact same thing as this LEO?
Answer: I would be charged with murder. If the victim were a minority and I weren’t, I would be charged with 1st degree murder.
Um, IIRC there is a gun shaped controller used for some ‘shooting’ games. I don’t know if it is a Wii controller, but I know they exist for gamers. Again, we have very poor reporting of the incident. The officer sounds like she is devastated.
If I were in her position, I would be in jail charged with 1st degree murder.
Yes, probably. But there is the recourse for the father to sue the officer and the police department in Civil Court for unlawful taking of the son’s life and to ask for treble punitive damages.
Essentially, with the right lawyer and jury, that police department and the town that supports it would be owned by the father.
I suspect that the innocent act of just opening the door was a threat to this officer.
So the best way to handle it is never open the door if it's a police officer.
Gun or not a gun? Too late, you'd already be dead if it was.
Old men know how to talk, are too weak and decrepit to fight and will walk away after realizing a victory or defeat because in the end ... we got to BE old men by staying alive and not killing each other while young ... why start now ?
You mix high intensity training with sharp and quick reaction times and the unpredictability of frustration (don't even begin to try to tell me sex doesn't matter .. or they're gettin' enough ... )
innocent lives murdered.
The only defense I'd accept for a life sentence is the testimony of what exactly is psychologically done while in the academy and while interning.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America, except within the confines of a trailer park.
If a Wii controller that looked ANYTHING LIKE a gun had been found, I guarantee they would be displaying it on every media outlet in the community.
The cop needs to go to jail, at the least for negligent homicide. Whoever trained her needs to be fired. I'm thinking that cops are currently being trained to fire if anything even vaguely LOOKS threatening.
And the young man that this officer killed will never be the same again.............................
“Put yourself in her position having just accidentally killing that young man. She will NEVER be the same.”
She’s better off than the boy she murdered or his family.
She needs to go to prison.
At the least, involuntary manslaughter.
Apparently, there are many options available and some do look authentic to some degree...
. . . plus, probably, a 'hate' crime.
Because some animals on the farm are more equal than others.
Judges need to make clear that "I was only following training" is not a defense in cases like this. More to the point, making that statement should ALSO trigger an indictment of her trainer.
Give them enough time and they will produce one or more, drugs, and probably child porn on their computer.
Wait a minute, I’m just seeing there is something about this story that doesn’t make any sense. Aren’t the police supposed to SAY that they’re the police when they knock on the door? It says she didn’t answer when the kid asked: who’s there?
This is the first account I’ve read where there is any doubt he had a game controller and not a gun, but some people will come to the door armed if they don’t know who is there.
Hey, I’ve lived a pretty ordinary life and that’s happened to me twice, out in the country but not, you know, in the wilderness.
BTW, was this cop there alone, or were others with her?
It’s one reason why I think the father should retain a first class law office specializing in police abuse cases - to keep that from happening.
We’re not talking about Chicago or LA or Detroit or any northern police department here. They are limited here in Georgia.