This is the way the world ends, with bangs and not whimpers. Everyone lives in fear of one another and forgets how to be human.
The family of a 17-year-old shot and killed by a Euharlee police officer has hired an attorney, and they say he had a remote control in his hand. They say it was not a gun.
Christopher Roupe, 17, was in the ROTC at Woodland High School and wanted to join the Marines. His friends said he looked after them.
“He was a good kid. He always hung out with me and he took up for me,” said William Corson.
Roupe's young life ended Friday night when Euharlee police officers showed up at the door of his home in the Eagle View Mobile Home Park to serve a probation violation warrant for his father.
A female police officer told GBI investigators that Roupe pointed a gun at her when he opened the door.
“It just doesn't add up,” said Cole Law who is representing the Roupe family.
Law said Roupe was about to watch a movie.
“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,” Law said.
While I realize we're hearing what the family's attorney wants us to hear, I can think of no earthly reason to shoot without hesitation even for a split second. And now a kid is dead who should be alive and getting ready to graduate from high school.
How will the gun nuts explain how this one could have been prevented?