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Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:00 am | Updated: 5:44 pm, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

A Bartow County grand jury found that a Euharlee police officer shouldn’t have used deadly force in the fatal shooting of a local teen, and has directed the district attorney to take further 

action.

Cherokee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Rosemary Greene said in a Wednesday statement that she will search for more evidence before determining what, if any, criminal charges she will file.

Police Cpl. Nancy Beth Gatny on Feb. 14 was one of two officers serving a probation warrant at a Euharlee Road home when Christopher Roupe, 17, was shot, authorities said.

Roupe, who wasn’t the subject of the warrant, answered the door holding what officers believed to be a gun, Euharlee Police Chief Terry Harget said. 

Cole Law, the Cartersville attorney representing the teen’s family, has said Roupe was not holding a weapon but met officers with a Nintendo Wii remote controller.

Roupe was shot in the chest and he died later at Cartersville Medical Center, authorities said.

“After reviewing the evidence presented, the February 2014 Grand Jury, by majority vote, has determined the use of deadly force by the officer(s) involved was not authorized,” the panel’s Tuesday findings state.

Gatny remains on administrative leave with pay. Sgt. Duane Odom, who was with Gatney, has since returned to work, Harget said.

Euharlee Mayor Dennis Thayer said in a release that the city was “disappointed” in the grand jury’s findings and would continue cooperating with any investigation.

“The Euharlee Police Department is a professional organization and has responded to this incident by utilizing law enforcement best practices and with complete transparency and will continue to do so,” Thayer states. “We have full confidence in the justice system and its ability to provide an unbiased decision based upon the findings of the investigation and facts of the case.”

Greene in her statement said she’d submit any findings to a future grand jury.

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