Georgia Tech Student With Knife Fatally Shot By Police On Campus: GBI

ATLANTA, GA — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Sunday is probing an officer-involved shooting that happened the night before on the Georgia Tech campus. Scott Shultz, 21, was killed in the shooting, according to the GBI.

The incident occurred Saturday before midnight at 532 Eighth Street N.W. Atlanta, outside a Tech dormitory, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in a news release. (SIGN UP: Get Patch’s Daily Newsletter and Real Time News Alerts. Or, if you have an iPhone, download the free Patch app.)

Investigators said campus police received a call about 11:17 p.m. about a person with a knife and gun. When officers arrived, they encountered Shultz, who was armed with a knife, Miles said. Officers issued a number of verbal commands but Schultz wasn’t listening and “would not comply” with the officers’ commands, authorities said.

Georgia Tech alerted students Saturday night, telling them on Twitter to “seek shelter in a secure location.” Harrowing moments followed, but the school later sent a post saying, “There is no longer a threat to campus.”

Media outlets reported that Shultz was a student at the school. Georgia Tech issued a statement Sunday about the incident, according to WAGA-TV.

“The Georgia Tech community was notified Sunday morning of the tragic death of Scout Schultz, fourth-year computer engineering major from Lilburn, Georgia. Schultz died Sunday, Sept. 17, as a result of an incident in the West Campus residential community. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident and reviewing the circumstances surrounding the death.”

Shultz was a member of the GT Progressive Student Alliance and the president of the Pride Alliance on campus.

“We are distraught over the loss of Scout Schultz,” the organization said in a statement posted to Facebook. “They were an incredible, inspirational member of our community and a constant fighter for human rights. Please join us in celebrating and honoring their life and the contributions they made to campus and the greater Atlanta community.”

A vigil is being held at 8 p.m. on Monday night at the Georgia Tech Campanile.

“As you might have heard, last night we lost our President, Scout Schultz,” the Pride Alliance said in a statement posted to Facebook. “We are all deeply saddened by what has occurred. They have been the driving force behind Pride Alliance for the past two years. “

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Wielding the knife, authorities said that Shultz continued to approach the officers. As the situation grew more tense, an officer fired and struck Shultz, the GBI said. Shultz was then rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, where the student was pronounced dead.

The GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Decatur is slated to conduct the autopsy. The GBI is continuing to investigate the shooting and will turned its results over to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office for review.

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Originally published September 17, 2017.

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