Georgia Tech said Schultz was a fourth-year computer engineering major, residing in the Atlanta suburb of Lilburn. An alert was issued for people to stay indoors as things got heated.
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. Fellow students rushing to her aid as she’s pinned to the ground.
Stewart said the family will file lawsuits against the campus police and Georgia Tech.
Warning: This video contains content which may disturb some people. Schultz shouts,”Shoot me!” at the officers. “Shultz continued to advance on the officers with the knife”.
Several suicide notes were later found in their dorm room, and Schultz had a history of mental illness and a previous suicide attempt.
The officer backs up, moving behind a parking barricade as he says, “Nobody wants to hurt you, man”.
On Monday, following a vigil that was held in memory of the student, Scout Schultz, a gathering of at least 50 demonstrators turned violent as police responded.
“We are all deeply saddened by what has occurred”, the group said in a statement. Photos of the knife taken on the scene showed that the blade was not extended, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. After that, the police officer fired a single shot and Schultz could be heard screaming. Stewart and the family will be holding a news conference Monday morning at 11 am to discuss the case.
Georgia Tech police officers carry non-lethal weapons including pepper sprays and batons.
Schultz also was president of Pride Alliance, the school’s LGBTQ club. “Come on man, drop the knife”, one officer says on the video.
“One officer- though there were five out there- chose to shoot Scout in the heart”, Stewart said.
Police had surrounded Scout Schultz after they (the pronoun Schultz used) was spotted on campus with a knife ― witnesses initially said Schultz had a gun and a knife. Loved ones of the student said Schultz preferred to be called “Scout” and identified as gender non-binary, meaning neither male nor female. Suddenly, one officer opened fire, hitting Schultz with one bullet.
William Schultz said his child was a stellar student with a 3.9 GPA and on track to graduate early.