Christopher Roupe (Credit: WSB-TV)
The family of a 17-year-old Georgia student who was shot and killed by police last Friday is claiming their son had a Nintendo Wii remote in his hand -- not a gun, as police have stated.
Christopher Roupe was shot when police in Euharlee, GA (about an hour northwest of Atlanta) showed up to serve a probation violation warrant for Roupe's father. The officer says Roupe pointed a gun at her when he opened the door, but the family argues otherwise.
"The eyewitnesses on the scene clearly state that he had a Wii controller in his hand," said Cole Law, who is representing the Roupe family. "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."
Neighbors, who ran over upon hearing the shot, backed up Law's version of events.
Roupe was in the ROTC at his high school and had planned to join the Marines. His friends tell local media he was the one who looked after them.
Witnesses said the officer, who is on administrative leave, broke down after shooting the boy.
"This is tragic. She came out of this house. She put her head in her hands and she was sobbing," says neighbor Ken Yates. "Supposedly, he opened the door with a BB gun and in my opinion I think he was playing a game with his neighborhood buddies."
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now looking into the case, police officials said.
If the Roupe's family accusations are correct, this isn't the first time a Wii remote has been mistaken for a gun. In 2010, a toddler tragically shot herself after mistaking a gun for a Wii controller. Two years ago, a Dutch man held officers at bay with a modified Wii controller that looked like a sniper rifle.
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