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No charges against officer in fatal February Euharlee shooting

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A Bartow County Grand Jury has returned a “no bill” on a proposed indictment against a Euharlee police officer in the fatal February shooting of a teen.

Bartow County District Attorney Rosemary Green released the following press release Wednesday afternoon:

Following a thorough presentation of evidence, the Bartow County Grand Jury has returned a "no bill" on a proposed indictment against Nancy Beth Gatny, relating to her actions leading to the death of 17 year-old Christopher Roupe while Gatny was employed by the Euharlee Police Department.

The District Attorney's Office for the Cherokee Judicial Circuit presented a proposed indictment charging Gatny with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct, however the Grand Jury did not find sufficient evidence for the case to proceed to trial.

"Because the Grand Jury has determined that the actions of Officer Gatny did not rise to the level of a criminal offense, this concludes the involvement of the District Attorney's Office in this matter", District Attorney Rosemary Greene announced.

Christopher Roupe, 17, was fatally shot by Euharlee officer who claimed the teen answered the door with a gun. The Mayor of Euharlee stated in April: "While we are disappointed with the grand jury findings, the City of Euharlee and the Euharlee Police Department will continue to cooperate with the Bartow County District Attorney's Office and with any subsequent investigation. We appreciate the patience demonstrated by the citizens of Euharlee while the justice system moves forward with the investigation and review of the findings."

The statement continued: "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. We have full confidence in the justice system and its ability to provide and unbiased decision based upon the findings of the investigation and the facts of the case"

Family members told FOX 5 the teen did not have a weapon, rather a game controller.

The Grand Jury heard two days of evidence from a Georgia Bureau of Investigation report and testimony presented by the District Attorney.
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