A Georgia Tech campus police officer shot and killed a student late Saturday night after he advanced on officers wielding a knife.
Fox5 Atlanta reported that 21-year-old Scout Schultz was pronounced dead early Sunday morning after wielding a knife at the West Campus residential community. Officers received a 911 call that someone had a knife and a gun in the area and quickly arrived at the scene. It is unclear if they ever found the gun, but they were confronted with the knife-brandishing student who screamed at the officers to shoot him.
Schultz was a fourth-year engineering major and president of the Georgia Tech Pride Alliance. He refused to put the knife down when officers implored him to do so. Videos taken by witnesses show a barefoot-Schultz holding an object in his right hand, yelling, “Shoot me.”
“Drop the knife! Drop the knife!” the officers were heard shouting back.
“Nobody wants to hurt you, man. Drop the knife,” an officer said again, ordering him to put the weapon down.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said the officer shot Shultz when he “continued to advance on officers with a knife.”
The college issued a “seek shelter” alert to the student community that wasn’t lifted until Sunday night when students received a text that there was “no longer a threat to campus.”
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the situation, the college said.
“The Georgia Tech community was notified Sunday morning of the tragic death of Scout Schultz, fourth-year computer engineering major from Lilburn, Georgia. Schultz died Sunday, Sept. 17, as a result of an incident in the West Campus residential community,” the statement read.
The college’s LGBTQ community was hit hard by the death.
The Georgia Tech Pride Alliance released a statement Sunday afternoon saying it was “saddened” by the death.
“They have been the driving force behind Pride Alliance for the past two years. They pushed us to do more events and a larger variety events, and we would not be the organization we are known as without their constant hard work and dedication,” the statement read.
“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,” it continued. “We love you Scout and we will continue to push for change.”
— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) September 17, 2017
Update: GTPD officer-involved shooting on campus this evening. No ongoing threat. Info on https://t.co/Pj9BqTN2kX pending investigation.
— Georgia Tech (@GeorgiaTech) September 17, 2017
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