A Georgia family is grieving this week after police officers shot and killed 17 year-old Christopher Roupe, when they mistakenly thought the video game controller he was holding was a gun.
According to a report from WSB-TV, police officers showed up to Roupe’s home looking for his father in regards to a probation violation. State investigators say the officer said that she opened fire when Roupe opened the door and pointed a gun at her.
But Roupe’s family witnessed the incident and insist that the officer’s account is simply not true – because it was a Wii video game controller in Roupe’s hand, not a gun.
“It just doesn’t add up,” the family’s attorney Cole Law said. “We don’t know where that statement came from. 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.”
“This is tragic,” Neighbor Ken Yates said. “[The officer] came out of this house. She put her head in her hands and she was sobbing. 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 officer has been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.
Watch a report on the story in the video below, via The Raw Story: