A teenager in Atlanta, Georgia, has been shot and killed by a police officer, for reportedly holding a Wii remote that was mistaken for a gun.
Christopher Roupe, 17, opened the door to authorities, who were looking to serve his father with a probation violation warrant. A police officer has told local media that Roupe “pointed a gun” at her when he opened the door, but his family – and onlookers – deny the claim. They say Roupe had been about to watch a movie, and opened the door with a Wii controller still in his hand.
Roupe was in the ROTC at his local high school, and was planning on joining the Marines when he graduated.
Cole Law, representing the Roupe family, says the police claim “just doesn’t add up”.
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.
The two officers involved in the incident are now on administrative leave – standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation are reviewing the matter.