Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Video shows fatal confrontation between Georgia Tech student, police

Video shows fatal confrontation between Georgia Tech student, police

The president of the Georgia Tech LGBT student group who was shot to death by campus police on September 16 after allegedly wielding a knife, left three suicide notes shortly before an altercation with police, according to newly released information by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Three people were arrested when protests turned violent Monday night on Georgia Tech's campus after a vigil for a student who was fatally shot by campus police.

Just before midnight, the officers said Schultz refused to comply with their commands.

Campus police said they responded to a 911 call from someone who saw Schultz walking barefoot on campus while holding a knife and a gun at about 11:17 p.m. on September 16.

An attorney for Schultz's family said in a statement Monday night the knife remained in its holder and Scout's arms were at the student's side. After the shooting, investigators found three suicide notes in the student's dorm room, the agency said.

What began as a peaceful vigil in memory of fellow student Scout Schultz devolved into mayhem and a police cruiser was set ablaze. She told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Scout Schultz was suffering from depression and had attempted suicide by hanging in the recent past.

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The student takes three more steps forward, followed by the sound of a gunshot and then many screams.

Monday night, Georgia Tech officials urged students to stay indoors because of violent protests on campus. But after the violence outside the police building, the family released another statement.

"We believe many of them were not part of our Georgia Tech community, but rather outside agitators intent on disrupting the event".

Jeff Graham, executive director of the statewide LGBT advocacy group Georgia Equality, said he has seen no evidence to indicate Schultz was singled out for improper treatment by police or others on campus because Schultz self-identified as non-binary, intersex, or an LGBT person.

A spokesman for Georgia Tech told CNN that campus police do not carry stun guns. The developments added further layers of complexity to the death of Schultz, a 21-year-old who led the university's Pride Alliance and had a history of mental illness. Stewart says Schultz was having a mental breakdown and posed no threat to officers.

Police found Schultz outside a university residence, walking barefoot and apparently very disoriented. "Nobody wants to hurt you", one of the officers said at one point in the video. Stewart said Monday that the GBI confirmed to him that Schultz was holding a multipurpose tool and that the knife blade was not out.

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"Come on, man, drop the knife", one officer says.

"We ask that those who wish to protest Scout's death do so peacefully", it read.

"Subsequently, one officer fired striking Shultz [sic]".

In an email sent to the university community on Sunday morning, John Stein, a dean, mourned the student's "sudden and tragic death" but did not disclose to students and faculty that it was campus police who had killed the fourth-year engineering student from Lilburn, Georgia.

"We would not be the organization we are known as without their constant hard work and dedication", the group said, using the slain student's preferred pronoun.

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