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Scout Schultz, Georgia Tech Activist, Shot Dead by Campus Police

Scout Schultz, Georgia Tech Activist, Shot Dead by Campus Police

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By    |   Monday, 18 September 2017 10:36 AM

Scout Schultz, a 21-year-old engineering student and student activist at Georgia Tech, was reportedly shot to death Saturday night by campus police.

Georgia Tech police officers confronted Shultz, from Lilburn, Georgia, in the area of Eighth Street on campus, where Schultz was allegedly barefooted and holding a knife about 11 p.m., according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Officers reportedly demanded that Schultz drop the knife more than a dozen times with Schultz allegedly yelling at officers to shoot, WSB-TV reported.

"We can't say we've never had an officer-involved shooting, but we can say there hasn't been one in the past 20 years," Georgia Tech spokesman Lance Wallace told the newspaper.

Students received an emergency alert from the university and the school tweeted around 11:30 p.m. for everyone to seek shelter in a secure location, the Journal-Constitution said.

"Officers provided multiple verbal commands and attempted to speak with Schultz, who was not cooperative and would not comply with the officers' commands," Georgia Bureau of Investigations spokeswoman Nelly Miles told the newspaper. "Schultz continued to advance on the officers with the knife. Subsequently, one officer fired striking Schultz."

Emergency personnel transported Schultz to Grady Memorial Hospital where he later died, WSB-TV said.

The television station said Schultz was an LGBT pride community student leader on campus, serving as president of the university's Pride Alliance. Schultz's Pride Alliance website profile said the student was "bisexual, non-binary, and intersex."

"As you might have heard, last night we lost our president, Scout Schultz," said a Pride Alliance statement. "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."

Schultz's parents said that they are still gathering facts about the shooting, according to WGCL-TV.

"We contacted a lawyer that specializes in police shootings and all we can say right now is that we will make a statement tomorrow (Monday)," Lynne Schultz said.

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