Diatribe: The Boy Who Was Shot Because An Officer Thought The Wii Controller In His Hand Was A Gun.
The concept of “shoot first and ask questions later” seems to be a quite popular nowadays. With nationwide debate about Stand Your Ground laws, concealed weapons and gun control making headlines almost every day, it’s become all too commonplace to learn about an innocent young person being shot and killed. Sadly, death by gunshot doesn’t even make the front page any more. A particularly sad example happened on Valentine’s Day.
Seventeen-year-old Christopher Roupe of Euharlee, Georgia, was fatally shot in the chest when local officers appeared at the door of his mobile home to serve a probation violation warrant to his father. A female officer reportedly told investigators that the boy pointed a gun at her after he opened the door so she shot him, presumably in self-defense. The boy was not, however, holding a gun but a controller for a Nintendo Wii video game that he was about to use to watch a movie.
“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.” – Cole Law, Roupe Family Attorney.
Eye witnesses said that they saw the officer immediately after the boy was killed and described her as being visibly distraught. She ran from the home, put her head in her hands and cried.
Officials have not disclosed if a weapon was found on the scene. Roupe had planned to join the Marines.
I supposed that, from a police officer’s point of view, it’s better to shoot an innocent person in error then hesitate and get shot yourself. But in this instance, everyone loses … Roupe is dead, his family goes on without him and the officer has blood on her hands.
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