EUHARLEE, Ga. — Channel 2 Action News has learned that a grand jury has found that a Euharlee police officer was not authorized to shoot a 17-year-old while responding to a call in February.
Authorities say Cpl. Beth Gatny fatally shot Christopher Roupe, saying Roupe was pointing a gun at her on Feb. 14 when Gatny knocked on the door of the Roupe home to serve a probation warrant to the teen's father.
Roupe's attorney said family members told him the teen was holding a Nintendo Wii controller.
the Cherokee County District Attorney's Office said a grand jury heard testimony in the case over the course of two days and found that the use of force by Gatny was not authorized.
"As for me myself, yeah I am very happy with (the jury's recommendation)," the victim's father, Joseph Roupe told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri.
Joseph Roupe believes he'll get justice for his son.
"I was praying there was going to be justice", Roupe said, "Now I know for a fact my son's up there smiling knowing he may have saved someone else's life."
The grand jury also recommended that the DA’s office take further action in the case.
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