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Georgia teen killed by police was holding a Wii remote

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A 17-year-old high school student who wanted to be a US Marine was fatally shot by Georgia police officers who mistook the video game controller in his hand for a weapon, the lawyer representing his family says.

Christopher Roupe was preparing to watch a movie when two police  officers showed up at the door to execute a probation violation  against his father, according to his family.

Euharlee Police Chief Terry Hagert also stated that two officers  arrived at the home on Friday night. When Roupe answered the  door, the female officer believed he was pointing a gun at her  and fired a single shot at the young man. The police refused to  reveal the names of the officers that responded to the scene.

Roupe was a member of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC)  in high school and has friends who he helped at school.

He was a good kid. He always hung out with me and he took up  for me,” friend William Corson told WSB-TV.

A funeral for Roupe is scheduled for Friday, just one day before  what would have been his 18th birthday. The young man planned to  join the Marines after graduating from high school.

Neighbor Ken Yates told reporters he heard the gunshot and saw  the female officer seconds after.

This is tragic. She came out of this house. She put her head  in her hands and she was sobbing,” he said. “Supposedly,  he opened the door with a BB gun.”

Chief Harget declined to identify the officer involved in order  to protect her privacy, but referred all questions to the Georgia  Bureau of Investigation, which is running the probe into the  incident. The officer has been placed on administrative leave –   the standard measure when an officer is involved in a shooting.

Roupe’s family plans to file a lawsuit against the department,  with attorney Cole Law saying the story simply “doesn’t add  up.”

We don’t know where that statement came from,” he said.   “The eyewitness on the scene clearly stated 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.”

Euharleee is a bedroom community of Cartersville, Georgia, with a  population of under 5,000 people at the time of the 2010 US  Census. Roupe was a senior at Woodland High School.

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