The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating after Georgia Tech police fatally shot a student Saturday night.
Scout Schultz, a 21-year-old computer engineering student from Lilburn, was president of the Pride Alliance LGBT-pride student group. The student did not identify as male or female and used the pronouns “they/them.”
The GBI reported that police responded after someone called 911 at 11:17 p.m. to report a person with a knife and gun. Police arrived to find Schultz armed with a knife.
Officers gave “multiple verbal commands,” which they said Schultz did not follow. The student advanced on the officers with the knife, eventually causing one officer to shoot Schultz in the chest. The student was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and died about thirty minutes later.
Video shows an officer with his gun drawn saying, “Come on man, let’s drop the knife.” Schultz shouts,“Shoot me!” at the officers. About a minute later, a shot was fired and Schultz was killed.
A multi-tool pocketknife was found on the scene. The blade was not extended when it was found, according to Channel 2 Action News.
Gerogia Tech released a statement, saying the university was “deeply saddened” by the loss of the student.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to Scout’s family, friends and colleagues as we mourn Scout’s life and the unrealized potential of what could have been.”
Scout’s parents are now demanding answers and have enlisted an attorney.
“Scout had a very promising future. Scout wanted to make new medical devices. And now we’ll never know what scout may have come up with,” said Scout’s mother.
“The first officer you see did a phenomenal job. The other officers did a good job, backing up, tried to talk. One officer did not do their job,” said the Schultz’s lawyer Chris Stewart. “One office decided to shoot scout in the heart. They were abviously not in any immediate threat to their safety. One officer took the life of the leader of the pride movement at Georgia Tech, the child of this family, because they overreacted. And that’s it.”
Stewart stressed that Scout was not carrying “some huge knife,” but instead a small multitool, and there there was no evidence the blade on the knife was extended.
During a press conference, Schultz’s father said there was only one question that mattered: “Why would you have to shoot. That’s the question. Why did you kill my son?”
Student groups are coming together to memorialize their classmate and to honor their work on campus.
“Their leadership allowed us to create change across campus and in the Atlanta community,” wrote Pride Alliance on their website. “Scout always reminded us to think critically about the intersection of identities and how a multitude of factors play into one's experience on Tech's campus and beyond.”
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