Lawyer: Georgia Tech police overreacted by killing student

The lawyer for the family of a student killed by Georgia Tech police says the officer who fired the fatal shot overreacted.

Campus police killed 21-year-old Scout Schultz, who they say was advancing on officers with a knife. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Schultz refused to put down the knife and kept moving toward officers late Saturday outside a dormitory.

Attorney Chris Stewart told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he thinks Schultz was having a mental breakdown and didn’t know what to do.

Stewart and the student’s family plan a news conference Monday morning.

WSB-TV reported the item involved, still on the ground when its news crew arrived, appeared to be a “metal, flip-open, multi-tool knife.”

Schultz was president of Pride Alliance at Georgia Tech.

Authorities haven’t identified the officer who shot him.

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