A student at the Georgia Institute of Technology died early Sunday after police shot him on campus the previous evening — when they said he refused officers’ orders to drop a knife he was holding.
Scout Schultz, 21, was pronounced dead early Sunday morning after he was taken to the hospital, Fox 5 Atlanta reported. Georgia Tech police were called to West Campus residential community after a person called 911 claiming someone with a knife and gun was near the campus. It was not clear if investigators ever found a gun.
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Schultz, a fourth-year computer engineering major and the president of the Georgia Tech Pride Alliance, allegedly was armed with a knife and refused to put the weapon down when officers urged him multiple times to do so. Videos taken by witnesses showed Schultz, who appeared to be barefoot, holding an object in his right hand, WSB-TV reported. He then was seen yelling “shoot me” to the officers.
“Drop the knife! Drop the knife!” the officers were heard shouting back.
“Nobody wants to hurt you, man. Drop the knife,” an officer said again, ordering him to put the weapon down.
Another video showed Schultz walking forward before an officer fired his gun at Schultz. Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said the officer shot the student after he “continued to advance on the officers with the knife.”
As the situation was unfolding, Georgia Tech issued a “seek shelter” alert to campus students until further notice. It advised students to lock all windows and doors. The alert was lifted around midnight Sunday, saying there was “no longer a threat to campus.”
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SOURCE: Fox News