BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. – A Bartow County grand jury has declined to indict a Euharlee police officer in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old.
Cpl. Beth Gatny shot and killed Christopher Roupe while serving an arrest warrant at the family's home on Feb. 14.
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 when Roupe opened the front door.
Gatny told investigators, "A male subject opened the front door pointing a pistol...and pulled the trigger."
The family insists Chris wasn't holding a gun, but had a gaming remote in his hands.
The Cherokee County Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office had presented a proposed indictment charging Gatny with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct. The grand jury, however, said they did not find sufficient evidence for the case to proceed to trial.
[...]A previous grand jury had ruled that deadly force was not authorized. That grand jury had asked the district attorney's office to take further measures.
Cole Law, an attorney for Roupe's family said they were stunned by the second grand jury's decision not to bring charges against Gatny.
"We don't know what they heard and we cannot know what they heard," said Law. "They only heard one side. The first grand jury said, 'Let's pursue charges against this officer.' We're at a loss as to why it went to another grand jury. It's very simple: you do not kill a child that comes to the door with a toy in his hand."
The police officer was serving a warrant for a probation violation, which had nothing to do with the boy she executed, but was instead for his father. Her paranoia led her to summarily execute this child when he answered the door with a toy, and yes, all evidence indicates it was a toy as the "gun" she imagined was never produced. This woman literally got away with murder, all because she was a cop and experienced fear.
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