Georgia Tech Police Officer Shoots, Kills Student

Georgia Tech Student and LGBT Activist Shot Dead by Campus Police

Georgia Tech Student and LGBT Activist Shot Dead by Campus Police

Police in the USA state of Georgia have shot and killed an LGBT student activist, leading to an independent investigation.

An officer from the Georgia Tech University Police Department shot and killed a 21-year-old engineering student who was wielding a knife, authorities say.

Officers gave "multiple verbal commands", which they said Schultz did not follow.

The video does show Schultz walking forward, toward police slowly, with hands still at his side when one of the officers fired.

Georgia Tech Student and LGBT Activist Shot Dead by Campus Police

No one else was injured during the incident.

Scout - who planned to attend grad school and hoped to make biomedical devices - preferred they/them gender pronouns and identified as bisexual, non-binary and intersex, Lynne Schultz said.

With a child now at Georgia Tech, I've been following the shooting death late Saturday night of senior computer engineering student Scout Schultz by campus police.

"We are all deeply saddened by what has occurred", the group said in a statement.

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"I just cried reading all the posts on his Facebook page, of all the people on campus who loved, and respected, and adored Scout", the student's father said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is handling the case of an officer-involved shooting that happened on the campus of Georgia Tech.

Officers reportedly demanded that Schultz drop the knife more than a dozen times with Schultz allegedly yelling at officers to shoot, WSB-TV reported. The student was reportedly interacting oddly with police officers, and carrying a knife that video suggests he declined to drop, despite being urged to do so by police officers.

She described Schultz as a "scary smart" perfectionist with depression, indicating Schultz had tried to commit suicide two years ago.

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Video taken at the scene appears to show Shultz telling officers to "Shoot me". Another officer called out to Schultz, asking, "What are we doing here?" When officers asked him to drop the weapon, he did not cooperate and despite their repetitive warnings advanced towards the officers.

A vigil will be held by the group on Monday night.

Another video, taken from a point more remote away, indicates three officers before Schultz and another off to one side at the passageway to a stopping deck. "Why didn't they use some non-lethal force, like pepper spray or tasers?" she said, adding that Schultz had been shot in the heart.

"I think [Schultz] was having a mental breakdown and didn't know what to do", attorney Chris Stewart told reporters.

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