Euharlee police officer under investigation fired from last job

ATLANTA -- Personnel records of a Euharlee police officer involved in a deadly shooting show that she was repeatedly reprimanded over her 10 years on the job in Acworth.

11Alive's Duffie Dixon has obtained the personnel records of Cpl. Beth Gatny from her former job at the Acworth Police Department.

Gatny currently works for the Euharlee Police Department. She is on paid administrative leave after the deadly shooting of 17-year-old Chistopher Roupe at his home in Bartow County.

The GBI is investigating the case and said in a statement early on that Cpl. Gatny shot and killed Roupe because she said he had a gun in his hand when he answered the door.

According to the Euharlee Police Chief, Gatny has been with the department for more than nine months.

Gatny worked at the Acworth Police Department for 10 years prior to that and personnel records indicate that she was written up and suspended a number of times for various infractions.

In a timeline, her supervisors say she "refused to follow orders" on everything from filing paperwork to carrying her walkie talkie.

Other details:

Gatny was involved infour car accidents in two years.

In 2007, she reportedly "left her duty belt, along with her weapon..with a civilian employee" while she had her picture taken with someone.

In 2008, while confronting three suspects, she fired her service weapon. An internal investigation found the suspect was trying to remove his backpack. She was convinced he was going for a gun, but a fellow officer said he never thought the suspect was armed.
Internal Affairs concluded she should not be punished because the initial call for service said the suspects could have been armed.

In the case of Chris Roupe, according to a search warrant from the GBI,Gatny told investigators "before the door could be opened...[she] heard what she believed to be the action of a firearm".

The GBI said Gatny then began drawing her service weapon and when Roupe opened the front door, she said Roupe was holding a pistol and pulled the trigger.

Cole Law, an attorney obtained by Roupe's family questions the officer's statements.

"The family says Chris went to the door holding the Wii remote to the gaming system, opened the door and was immediately shot." said Law.

Law said he is waiting to see the final report from the GBI to determine what -- if anything -- Roupe was holding when he answered the door, but insists the family didn't own any pistols or handguns.

Gatny was ultimately fired from the Acworth Police department for failure to report to work. She started requesting time off for medical reasons, but eventually used up not just vacation, but more than a month of family medical Leave. Her superiors said they could no longer hold her position open for her.

Records show Gatny tried to getdisability, but the insurance company said her claim was "not medically supported."


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