Euharlee, GA - A small town cop in rural Georgia set the scene last Saturday night for the tragic death of 17 yr. old Christopher Roupe. Sitting at home, preparing to watch a movie, Christopher had warmed up the Wii. And as happens to us all, about the time you start to get comfortable, a distraction. A knock at the front door of his mobile home.
The teen bellowed, “Who is it?” He received no response.
Aren’t cops supposed to identify themselves?
I wonder how many times an unannounced disturbance at the door has caught you with your hands full, unprepared for whatever lie on the other side. He rose from his chair, controller in hand and answered the knock.
Attempting to serve a probation violation warrant on Christopher’s father, reports say, Cpl. Beth Gatny had already drawn her service weapon. As Christopher opened the door she shot him one time in the chest at point-blank range.
“A press release by Euharlee cops says two of their employees showed up at 937 Euharlee Road, Lot 5 to serve probation violation warrants. Cops said Mr. Christopher “Bubba” Roupe, 17, and who was not the subject of the warrants, opened the door with a hand gun pointed at them.”
Well, I gotta tell you, that bothers me. Not only has this family lost a beloved son and brother but now their personal information was released publicly by the cops sworn to protect them. What is good for the goose is good for the gander as they say so I did some digging.
Meet Beth Daniel-Gatny, the killer cop.
Corporal Nancy Beth Daniel-Gatny has had her photo removed from the Euharlee Police Department’s website. The official photo has been removed. Her facebook page has been taken down as well. But the killer cop couldn’t get to her Pinterest site fast enough. This cop like cupcakes, not doughnuts.
A cross-reference and multiple confirmation efforts turned up this partial entry from an old MySpace page.
“My name is Nancy Beth Gatny, Beth Gatny to those who know and love me, Officer Gatny to those who don’t and I used to be Beth Daniel of Lebanon, Mo.” …
The Op-Nat site also offered,
“A cached screenshot from a Facebook note she wrote, however, shows she is not and has never been mentally stable.”
In her post, the killer cop writes:
“There are days that I wake up and am on the money. I can focus, get done what needs to be done and move onto the next project. Then there [are] days like today, when I am simply going through the motions and my mind is a million miles away, off in a fantasy land or still thinking about the last book that I read or that dream that I had last night. I tend to smile at the wrong things and laugh at odd intervals and while my office mates do put up with this, I believe they think I am more than a little odd. I can try to pep talk myself into believing that I need to focus but the little weirdo that lives inside me, she is off her meds, dancing through the trees and singing off key at the top of her voice… yep going to be a great day, I can feel it!!!
Eyewitness statements do not support the cop’s story.
Renee Vance, Christopher’s aunt is reported to have said,
“She immediately fired a bullet into the boy’s chest and killed him, The officer gave him ‘no warning’ to drop the controller before taking his life.The 13-year-old sister of Mr. Roupe, who was crying, went to hug and/or comfort her dying brother when the female cop pointed the gun at her and told her to ‘shut up.’”
Watch the video, with a report from WSB-TV.
“A female police officer told GBI investigators that Roupe pointed a gun at her when he opened the door.”
Cole Law, the attorney representing the Roupe family said,
“It just doesn’t add up. 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.”
Tia Howard, a neighbor who lives a few doors down, said they ran to the home after they heard the shot.
“When we got up there, they said there was a Wii remote in his hand and she shot him.”
Another neighbor, Ken Yates, said he saw the female cop moments after the fatal shot.
“This is tragic. She came out of this house. She put her head in her hands and she was sobbing. Supposedly, he opened the door with a BB gun and in my opinion I think he was playing a game with his neighborhood buddies,”
The family has set up a facebook page to honor their son. Lend them your support and let them know you’re willing to help.
Cops following standard operating procedure.
The GBI, who the case has been turned over to, has not released new details regarding the officer shooting of the teen pending standard autopsy and investigation procedures. Those procedures are also being followed by the Euharlee Police Department. The cops don’t talk. Ever. And cops never talk about other cops. Remember that the next time someone wants a statement from you.
Evidence is being turned over to the Cherokee Judicial Circuit District Attorney currently. Do you think the people handling this case should be aware of public opinion? Well, you can contact the D.A.’s office right HERE and let them know how you feel regarding the employment and prosecution of this cop in particular.
Stop these trigger-happy cops.
I’m telling you, I do story after story about rogue, undisciplined cops. I am never left wanting for material. This one, in my backyard, has me slack-jawed.
There are erroneous comments about whether or not this was Gatny’s first shooting. Some have said it’s not the first time this cop drew her weapon under “questionable” circumstances. That could not be confirmed. The apparent disregard for life. The above the law arrogance coupled with a shooting is acceptable mentality of cops everywhere must be stopped. Don’t kid yourself. You live in a police state nation.
But YOU are the difference in these cases. Pressure to prosecute cops that comes from public opinion toward elected district attorneys and judges make a difference. Dissatisfaction with local cops (city and county) should be vocalized. Public outcry is a powerful tool. Use what is available to you now while you can. Because you never know when the next door knocked on might be your own.