in Georgia are under scrutiny following the deadly shooting of an LGBT
student activist who was apparently armed with a knife.
Shultz, 21, was shot after being involved in a standoff with police at
the Georgia Institute of Technology campus in Atlanta late on Saturday.
said they had received a 911 call reporting a person armed with a knife
and a gun. Officers encountered Schultz, who was armed with a knife,
and asked the student to drop the weapon several times. Photos of the
knife taken on the scene showed that the blade was not extended,
according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
failed to respond to the officers’ demands to drop the weapon and
continued to advance on the officers. One officer subsequently shot
Schultz, who later died in
footage of the standoff shows Schultz slowly walking towards officers
and shouting “Shoot me!” during the standoff. The officers are heard
encouraging Schultz to drop the knife on several occasions. “Nobody
wants to hurt you,” one of the officers said at one point in the video.
After the shot is fired, Schultz screams out in pain and crumples to the ground.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said
it was conducting an independent investigation into the incident and
would provide the results to the local district attorney’s office. The
officer who opened fire has not been named.
born Scott Schultz, did not identify as male or female and was majoring
in computer engineering at Georgia Tech. The victim’s mother, Lynne
Schultz, told the Journal Constitution that Schultz was a talented
student but suffered from depression and had attempted suicide two years
questioned why police used lethal force. “Why didn’t they use some
non-lethal force, like pepper spray or tasers?” she said, adding that
Schultz had been shot in the heart.
The president of Georgia Tech, George P. “Bud” Peterson, said that the incident marked a “heart-wrenchingly painful time” for all at the school and offered condolences to Schultz’s family.
Schultz was the president of the Pride Alliance at Georgia Tech, an organization for LGBTQ students, staff and alumni.
are 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 [of] events, and we would not be the
organization we are known as without their constant hard work and
dedication,” said the group in a statement, using Schultz’s preferred gender pronoun.