Police shoot knife-wielding Ga. Tech student

A knife-wielding student was shot and killed by the Georgia Institute of Technology’s police on Saturday night, September 16, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Scout Schultz was a fourth-year computer-engineering student. He was also diagnosed with depression at an early age, according to his mother, but served as the president of the Georgia Tech Pride Alliance on the Atlanta campus this year.

A video of the incident shows the student brandishing a knife or similar weapon while slowly approaching several police officers before being shot once.

“Why did you have to shoot? Why did you kill my son? That’s the only question that matters,” Mr Schultz’s father was quoted as saying in a press conference.

More violence erupted on the Georgia Tech campus last night, as a planned vigil in Mr Schultz’s memory turned into a violent protest, with people torching a police vehicle. Three people were arrested and two police officers reported injured in connection with the violence.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said three suicide notes had been found in Mr Schultz’s dorm room, and the GBI also said it had been determined that a 911 call made at 11:17 PM Saturday, reporting an armed and drunk man matching his own description on the campus, came from Mr Schultz.

Mr Schultz, of Lilburn, Georgia, died at Grady Memorial Hospital. He was 21.

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