Armed LGBT student Scout Schultz shot dead by US police

Ruben Ruiz
September 19, 2017

The television station said Schultz was an LGBT pride community student leader on campus, serving as president of the university's Pride Alliance.

The attorney representing the family of Scott Schultz has planned to ask officers during a media briefing on Monday about why they did not use non-lethal force to calm Scout Schultz, who was allegedly carrying a knife and a gun at the time of the incident.

Georgia Tech fourth-year computer engineering student Scout Schultz was shot to death Saturday after refusing to drop a kniife in a confrontation wth campus police.

Police said the shooting was prompted when Scout Schultz failed to comply with their repeated commands to drop the knife.

Schultz, 21, was shot and killed after she walked towards police officers shouting 'Shoot me!.

Schultz identified himself as non-binary, which is also referred to as genderqueer or GQ, a term for people who express a combination of masculinity and femininity, or neither, in their gender expression.

President of the campus Pride Alliance, Schultz wrote on its website, "I'm bisexual, nonbinary and intersex".

'We love you Scout and we will continue to push for change, ' the statement concluded.

The officer is seen continuing to back up, eventually moving behind a parking barricade, pleading, "Nobody wants to hurt you, man".

A spokesperson for the Georgia Institute of Technology confirms one of their officers was involved in an on campus shooting Saturday night.

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A Tech spokesman said campus police do not carry Tasers, or stun guns, but are equipped with pepper spray.

Video taken of the shooting shows officers repeatedly telling Schultz to drop the weapon as they advance.

It appeared to be a metal, flip-open, multi-tool that would likely include a small blade.

Scout Schultz, 21, was a four-year engineering student at Georgia Tech.

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William Schultz said his child was a great student with a 3.9 GPA and was on track to graduate early in December.

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

"Shoot me", Schultz can be heard saying about one minute before one of the officers fired.

"Come on, man, drop the knife", one officer says. He also challenged campus police's use of force, writing, "They didn't have to shoot [Scout] in the heart, but that's what they did".

Georgia Tech gave students a play-by-play on Twitter, alerting students at about 11:30 pm to seek shelter in a secure location until further notice.

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