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7:48 PM, Feb 19, 2014   |    comments
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Christopher Roupe, 17, was shot and killed by a Euharlee police officer serving an arrest warrrant on Roupe's father

EUHARLEE, GA -- As the Georgia Bureau of Investigation investigates a deadly shooting involving a Euharlee police officer, family members of the victim are questioning the details of what happened.

The family of Christopher Roupe, 17, have hired attorney Cole Law.

Law says his clients believe Roupe wasn't holding a weapons when officers came to their home to serve an arrest warrant.

"The family members who were eyewitnesses say all Chris had in his hand was a Wii gaming remote," said Law.

The night of Valentine's Day Christopher Roupe and other family members were inside their home off Euharlee Road.

Two officers arrived to serve an arrest warrant on Roupe's father for a probation violation.

According to an affidavit and application for a search warrant filled out by the GBI, the female police officer on scene said, "before the door could be opened" she "heard what she believed to be the action of a firearm".

The narrative goes on to say the female officer "began drawing her duty weapon".

According to the investigator, " a male subject opened the front door pointing a pistol...and pulled the trigger."

The officer fired one shot and killed Christopher Roupe.

Law and Howard say the family does not have any handguns in the home, only a few BB guns that are rifles, not pistols.

Law showed 11Alive's Duffie Dixon pictures he took of several toy pistols that were in the living room after the shooting.  

"What if he was holding one of those? The investigators aren't telling us what this so called weapon was and whether they have it as evidence, so we really think it was not a gun," said Law.

Roupe was a high school senior and member of the ROTC who had plans to join the Marine Corps after graduation.

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