Grand jury recommends DA take action in Euharlee police shooting
by Jessica Loeding
Apr 23, 2014 | 3511 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More than two months after Euharlee Police Cpl. Beth Gatney shot and killed 17-year-old Christopher Roupe while serving warrants, a Bartow County grand jury on Tuesday referred the case to District Attorney Rosemary Greene’s office.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to investigate after the Feb. 14 shooting.

Gatney and a second officer were serving two warrants at 937 Euharlee Road, Lot 5, when Roupe answered the door with a handgun pointed at the officer, according to the GBI at the time. The officer fired, hitting Roupe in the shoulder. A source said Roupe bled to death before emergency response personnel arrived.

The GBI’s report was sent to Greene’s office more than two weeks ago, and a Daily Tribune News open records request has been filed for that report.

Euharlee Police Chief Terry Harget on Tuesday afternoon said he was not familiar with the grand jury decision and declined to comment.

According to a press release from Greene’s office, grand jurors heard evidence and testimony over the course of Monday and Tuesday before determining the deadly force by Gatney was not authorized. The recommendation was made to have the DA take further action in the matter.

Greene said in the release that she will seek additional evidence to determine “what, if any, criminal violations may have occurred as a part of this case and will submit the findings for potential action by a future Grand Jury.”

According to Gatney’s personnel file with EPD, she was employed with Acworth police for more than 10 years from 2002 to 2012, before being terminated “for exhausting medical leave.” At the time of her dismissal from Acworth Police Department, according to her application, Gatney was the crimes against children detective. She was hired with EPD in June 2013.

Her file also states she was investigated in 2003 for conduct unbecoming and was investigated again in 2009 for shooting at the suspect of a home invasion.

Prior to working for APD, Gatney worked for Bartow County Sheriff’s Office from 1999 to 2001 as a peace officer before quitting in the middle of a shift due to a leave request being denied. Before working at BCSO, she served as a dispatcher for the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office.

Roupe, a student at Woodland High School, had planned to enter the military after graduation. He was remembered as a “good kid” who was “polite.”