Christopher Roupe, 17, was shot once Friday night by a female Euharlee Police Department officer. Georgia Bureau of Investigation Spokesperson Sherry Lang said the autopsy “should be done” Monday.
Euharlee Police Department said in a press release that two officers were serving probation violation warrants about 7:35 p.m. at 937 Euharlee Road, Lot 5, when Roupe “opened the door with a handgun pointed [at] the officer.” The officer fired once, striking Roupe.
He was transported to Cartersville Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Euharlee Police Chief Terry Harget said Saturday the warrants were for another family member.
“... It has been determined that the teen was holding what appeared to be a weapon. The officer who fired the shot has been with our department for more than a year but has 10 years of law enforcement training and experience,” he said. “At this time that is all I can release because the incident is currently under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. As soon as the investigation is complete we will release the findings.”
A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Daily Tribune News on Saturday that Roupe opened the door with possibly a BB gun in his hand. The officer allegedly fired, hitting Roupe in the shoulder. The source said Roupe bled to death before emergency response personnel arrived.
Lang said there is no estimated timeline for the completion of the investigation, which will be turned over to Cherokee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Rosemary Greene’s office when complete.
The managers of the Eagle View Mobile Home Park described Roupe as a “great kid, always polite, courteous.”
Roupe, a senior at Woodland High School, would have turned 18 Sunday and planned to join the Marine Corps after graduation, said Ken Yates, one of the managers.
EPD employs nine officers, according to its website, two of which are female. The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave.
— Staff writer Cheree Dye contributed to this report.