Grand jury no bills Euharlee police shooting
by Jessica Loeding
Jul 17, 2014 | 2605 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Euharlee Police Department officer involved in a fatal February shooting of a teenager was no billed Wednesday by a Bartow County grand jury.

“Following a thorough presentation of evidence, the Bartow County Grand Jury has returned a ‘no bill’ on a proposed indictment against Nancy Beth [Gatney], relating to her actions leading to the death of [17]-year-old Christopher Roupe while [Gatney] was employed by the Euharlee Police Department,” according to a press release from the District Attorney’s Office for the Cherokee Judicial Circuit.

Gatney was one of two officers serving two warrants at 937 Euharlee Road, Lot 5, on Feb. 14. When Roupe answered the door, he pointed a handgun at Gatney, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at the time. She fired, hitting Roupe in the shoulder. A source said Roupe bled to death before emergency response personnel arrived.

The presentment brought before the grand jury Wednesday included charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct against Gatney and followed the grand jury’s recommendation in April that the matter be further investigated.

The Daily Tribune News on April 22 filed a request with the GBI for the agency’s investigation findings. That request was denied because the matter was open in the DA’s office. The DTN filed again Wednesday evening and was advised by GBI Open Records Unit Special Agent in Charge Lisa Harris that, if the investigation is closed, it would be forwarded to the regional office.

The matter now is closed in the DA’s office.

“Because the Grand Jury has determined that the actions of Officer [Gatney] 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 said in the release.

According to Gatney’s personnel file with EPD, she was employed with Acworth police for more than 10 years from 2002 to 2012, before being terminated “for exhausting medical leave.” At the time of her dismissal from Acworth Police Department, according to her application, Gatney was the crimes against children detective. She was hired with EPD in June 2013.

Her file also states she was investigated in 2003 for conduct unbecoming and was investigated again in 2009 for shooting at the suspect of a home invasion.

Prior to working for APD, Gatney worked for Bartow County Sheriff’s Office from 1999 to 2001 as a peace officer before quitting in the middle of a shift due to a leave request being denied. Before working at BCSO, she served as a dispatcher for the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office.

City Manager Trish Sullivan said Wednesday evening it was not clear whether Gatney would return to work.

“That has not been decided. She is on administrative leave,” she said.