Georgia cops reportedly shoot dead teen holding Wii control

Family of Christopher Roupe say he was holding only the game remote when he opened the door and was shot in chest

By Natasha Lennard

Published February 19, 2014 7:35PM (EST)

      (Stefano Tinti / Shutterstock)
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According to the family lawyer of 17-year-old Christopher Roupe, the teen was killed by a single bullet to the chest when he opened the door to police. The family's lawyer claims that the young man was holding a Wii remote, while police allege the teen pointed a handgun at the unnamed Georgia officer, who was investigating a probation violation warrant against Roupe's father.

Witnesses claim Roupe -- who had planned to join the Marines -- was unarmed save for the video game remote. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is currently reviewing the incident.

[Via New York Daily News.]

Natasha Lennard

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