Georgia Tech student killed by police

ATLANTA (AP) – The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Georgia Tech student by campus police (all times local):

12:25 p.m.

The father of a Georgia Tech student who was fatally shot by campus police said his child had a history of depression but he wasn’t aware of any particular difficulties in recent weeks.

Police shot and killed 21-year-old Scout Schultz late Saturday night. Investigators have said Schultz refused to put down a knife and was advancing on officers.

William Schultz said his child was a great student with a 3.9 GPA and was on track to graduate early in December. The fourth-year computer engineering student identified as non-binary and intersex and preferred the pronouns “they” and “them” rather than “he” and “him.”

William Schultz said Scout spent the summer at home to decompress after having worked straight through the two previous summers. After attempting suicide two years ago, Scout Schultz went through counseling and there was no indication anything was wrong when his father dropped him at school last month.

12:05 p.m.

A lawyer for the parents of a Georgia Tech student who was fatally shot by campus police says he doesn’t appreciate the narrative surrounding the shooting that has been put forward by the school and law enforcement.

Police shot and killed 21-year-old Scout Schultz late Saturday night. Investigators have said Schultz refused to put down a knife and was advancing on officers.

Chris Stewart said Monday that reports have made it sound like Schultz was carrying a big knife when he was actually carrying a multi-tool gadget. Stewart says a photo taken by a WSB-TV team when it arrived on the scene shows that the knife wasn’t even extended.

Stewart said the officers were not facing any immediate danger when one inappropriately fired on Schultz, who he says had a history of depression and appeared to be suffering a mental breakdown.

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11:30 a.m.

Georgia Tech is refusing to release the 911 call that led to campus police fatally shooting a student at the Atlanta school.

Police shot and killed 21-year-old Scout Schultz after they say he was advancing on officers with a knife Saturday night.

A statement from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says that Schultz refused to put down the knife and kept moving toward officers early Sunday outside a dormitory.

WSB-TV reported that the item, still on the ground when the station arrived, appeared to be a half-open multi-tool without any tools extended.

In response to a request from The Associated Press, Georgia Tech on Monday refused to release the 911 call, or any personnel or disciplinary reports involving the officers, saying that such information is exempt from Georgia’s open records law.

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2:45 a.m.

Campus police shot and killed a Georgia Tech student who they say was advancing on officers with a knife.

A statement from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says 21-year-old Scout Schultz refused to put down a knife and kept moving toward officers early Sunday outside a dormitory.

WSB-TV reported that the item, still on the ground when the station arrived, appeared to be a half-open multi-tool without any tools extended.

The fourth-year computer engineering student from Lilburn used the name “Scout,” and the pronouns “they” and “them” to “him” or “her.” President of the campus Pride Alliance, Schultz wrote on its website, “I’m bisexual, nonbinary and intersex.”

Mother Lynne Schultz tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Schultz was a brilliant student despite numerous medical issues including depression, and had twice attempted suicide.


ATLANTA (WSB-TV/WJBF) –  The family of the Georgia Tech student shot and killed by campus police on Saturday will hold a news conference on Monday.

Their family wants to know why campus police didn’t use non-lethal force to resolve the situation.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now handling the case.

According to the GBI, the Georgia Tech Police Department responded to a 911 call about a person with a knife and gun in the area of Eighth Street on the campus at about 11 p.m. Saturday.

Officers arrived and found Scott Schultz, 21, armed with a knife outside a Georgia Tech dormitory.

Schultz was not cooperative and would not comply with officers’ commands to drop the knife, the GBI said. They said Schultz approached the officers, despite continuous commands.

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The GBI said that is when one of the officers shot Schultz.

Schultz was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and later died, the GBI said.

Georgia Tech released a statement Sunday morning, saying Schultz was a four-year computer engineering student from Lilburn.

Schultz was a leader in the LGBT pride community on campus was known as “Scout.” The student-activist served as the president of the Pride Alliance on Georgia Tech’s campus. Schultz’s profile on the Pride Alliance website states “I’m bisexual, non-binary and intersex,” adding “they” and “their” as the appropriate pronouns to address Schultz instead of “he” or “she.” The profile also states Schultz enjoyed playing the role-playing game “Dungeons and Dragons” and is politically active.

In a statement from the Pride Alliance’s board, Schultz is remembered as a driving force behind the group.

As you might have heard, last night we lost our President, Scout Schultz. We are all deeply saddened by what has occurred. 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. Their leadership allowed us to create change across campus and in the Atlanta community. 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.

We love you Scout and we will continue to push for change.

With love,
Pride Alliance

A vigil will be held to honor Schultz’s life at 8 p.m. Monday at the Georgia Tech Campanile.

WSB-TV reported that the item, still on the ground when the station arrived, appeared to be a half-open multi-tool without any tools extended.

Mother Lynne Schultz tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Schultz was a brilliant student despite numerous medical issues including depression, and had twice attempted suicide.


ATLANTA (AP) – Campus police shot and killed a Georgia Tech student who they say was advancing on officers with a knife.

A statement from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says 21-year-old Scott Schultz refused to put down a knife and kept moving toward officers early Sunday outside a dormitory.

WSB-TV reported that the item, still on the ground when the station arrived, appeared to be a half-open multi-tool without any tools extended.

The fourth-year computer engineering student from Lilburn used the name “Scout,” and the pronouns “they” and “them” to “him” or “her.” President of the campus Pride Alliance, Schultz wrote on its website, “I’m bisexual, nonbinary and intersex.”

Mother Lynne Schultz tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Schultz was a brilliant student despite numerous medical issues including depression, and had twice attempted suicide.

 

 

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