A Georgia Tech engineering student and LGBTQ activist was shot dead by campus police during a mental breakdown this Saturday.
On Saturday, a 21-year-old Georgia Tech engineering student and LGBTQ activist, Scout Schultz, was shot dead by campus during a mental breakdown, according to university officials.
According to the Investigation Bureau, a 911 call was made at around 11:17pm. Campus police said, Schultz was carrying a knife when they approached him on a parking garage on campus. He was also reported to have been carrying a gun.
A video was taken of the incident, in which Schultz was yelling “Shoot me!” at the police, while they told him to drop his knife.
“Nobody wants to hurt you,” the officer said. Schultz, however, ignored the officer and walked towards him with the knife. After that, the police officer fired a single shot and Schultz could be heard screaming. He was then rushed to “Grady Memorial Hospital,” but was later pronounced dead.
An investigation is underway with regards to the shooting. The officer in the video has not been publically named.
Attorney Chris Stewart said that the officer thought Schultz “was having a mental breakdown and didn’t know what to do”.
He said that he “did not think Schultz was attempting suicide by police”, and so officers should resorted to using non-lethal force instead. “The area was secured. There was no one around at risk,” Stewart said.
Comments on the Incident
Schultz was the “Georgia Tech Pride Alliance” president, and viewed himself as “bisexual, nonbinary and intersex.” He preferred to be referred to as “they” or “them” rather than “him” or “her.”
Pride Alliance issued a statement, following the incident, saying: “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.”
Scout’s mother said she believed that his breakdown was probably school-related. “Scout was always a perfectionist,” said Lynne Schultz. “They always worried they were going to fail a test but got all As and only two Bs at Tech.”
John Stein, Student Life’s Vice President, issued a statement, saying: “Scout’s sudden and tragic death today has been devastating news for the Schultz family, classmates, and for members of the community who knew Scout personally, the shock and grief are particularly acute.”
On Monday, Georgia Tech also issued a statement, saying: “Our hearts and prayers go out to Scout’s family, friends and colleagues as we mourn Scout’s life and the unrealised potential of what could have been.”