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Georgia Tech student with knife killed by campus police

(China Daily) Updated: 2017-09-19 07:25

Campus police shot and killed a Georgia Tech student who they said was advancing on officers with a knife.

Scout Schultz, 21, refused to put down a knife and kept moving toward the officers on Sunday outside a dormitory, according to a statement from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, using the given name, Scott. The fourth-year computer engineering student used the name Scout and preferred the pronouns "they" and "them" rather than "him" or "her".

"I'm bisexual, nonbinary and intersex," Schultz wrote in a Pride Alliance profile.

WSB-TV reported that the item, still on the ground when the station arrived, appeared to be a half-open multi-tool without any tools extended.

Officers tried repeatedly to get Schultz to drop the knife, but he refused to do so, according to the GBI.

Two students shared video of the incident with the station. Officers can be heard repeatedly shouting, "Drop the knife!"

Aaron Thurston told the station, "He was yelling like, 'Hey, shoot me!'"

However, that wasn't audible in the video on the station's website.

"He took a couple more steps forward. It wasn't a lunge, it was a couple more steps forward. And then the officer fired," Thurston said.

Associated Press

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