Scout Schultz, Georgia Tech student was carrying small multi-tool knife, family wants probe: Photos
ATLANTA — Scott Shultz, a 21-year old student of Georgia Tech who was fatally shot by campus police died soon after. His death has shocked the student community and his family.
Reports suggest that Scott Shultz was carrying a knife and when he was asked to put down the knife, he refused to cooperate. Following his cooperation, a police officer of the campus police shot at him, fatally injuring him in the process.
Reports suggest that the 21-year old, who was described by his mother as a very bright student was uncooperative when police officers tried to speak with him.
The incident that took place late in the evening on Sunday just outside the top educational institution’s campus dorm has simply shocked the entire campus. Reports suggest that the officials had responded to a call regarding a dangerous person carrying a knife and gun.
While talking to media, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) spokesperson said that the campus police officers made every effort to talk with Shultz. But instead of listening to the officers, he continued with a threatening posture. After Shultz advanced on the officers with the knife, Shultz was shot by one officer.
After being shot by the campus police, the student was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where the individual died. The GBI spokesperson says no officers were injured in the incident, which they also say they’re investigating independently of the Georgia Tech Police Department.
Reports suggest that the knife he was carrying was not with a big blade. WSB-TV journalists at the scene said the knife appeared to be a half-open, multi-tool knife that would likely include a small blade. The victim was a fourth-year computer engineering student from Lilburn.
Reports suggest that Schultz was very active with the LGBT pride community on campus. He was known as “Scout.” The student-activist served as the president of the Pride Alliance on Georgia Tech’s campus. In a statement from the Pride Alliance’s board, Schultz is remembered as a driving force behind the group.
The statement went on to add, “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.”