Campus police shoot dead LGBT activist armed with knife at university
President of Pride Alliance (21) killed in front of dorm residents after refusing to drop weapon in unexplained standoff
Police at a US university shot and killed the president of the Pride Alliance student group on Saturday night in full view of dorm residents.
According to reports police encountered Scout Schultz, a 21-year-old computer engineering student who identified as neither male nor female, in a parking lot outside the dorms at Georgia Tech University.
Someone had earlier called 911 to report "a person with a knife and a gun," according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
A video recorded from a window above the parking lot does not show Schultz holding a gun. But the student was armed with a knife, the bureau wrote in a statement - and video shows officers repeatedly telling Schultz to drop the weapon as the student advances.
“Come on man, let's drop the knife,” an officer with his gun drawn says in the graphic video. But Schultz walks toward him.
The officer keeps backing up, moving behind a parking barricade and imploring again: “Nobody wants to hurt you, man.”
At least four officers had surrounded Schultz by then, according to WSB-TV. In the dorm-window video, one of the officers called out to the student, who consequently turned away from the barricade and began to move toward the new voice.
"What are we doing here?” the officer asked. No reply.
“Do not move!”
“Drop it!” someone says finally, as Schultz takes three more steps toward an officer, and then comes the report of a gunshot and many screams.
Schultz was taken to an Atlanta hospital early on Sunday and died there, according to the bureau, which has released few other details as it investigates the shooting. About 700 people have been shot and killed by police in the United States this year.
Schultz was a fourth-year computer engineering major from Lilburn, according to Georgia Tech officials.
According to the Georgia Tech Pride Alliance website, Schultz was currently serving as the president of the organisation.