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GBI investigates after teen is shot to death by officer in Bartow County

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A Bartow County teen was killed late Friday night in an officer-involved shooting – and police have called in state investigators to determine what happened and whether unnecessary use of force was involved.

At 7:35 p.m., two Euharlee officers showed up at a home at 937 Euharlee Road, Lot No. 5, in order to serve two probation violation arrest warrants, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. But they never said who those warrants were for.

Still, when one of the officers arrived at the home, 17-year-old Christopher Roupe, opened the door with a handgun pointed the officer, GBI’s spokeswoman Ms. Sherry Lang said.

“The officer fired one shot, striking Roupe,” Ms. Lang said. The officer immediately called for an ambulance and the teen was transported to the hospital in Cartersville where he was pronounced dead, she said.

“When the investigation is completed it will be turned over to the district attorney,” Ms. Lang said.

She provided no other details regarding the incident.

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