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Violence erupts at Georgia Tech after campus police kill Scout Schultz

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Campus police said they responded to a 911 call from someone who saw Schultz walking barefoot on campus while holding a knife and a gun at about 11:17 p.m. on September 16.

"Shoot me!" Schultz appears to shout in the video.

Schultz was ultimately shot by police after advancing on officers and not heeding orders to drop the knife.

Schultz, who was a fourth-year computer engineering major with a minor in biomedical engineering, was also active on campus as the president of the Georgia Tech Pride Alliance, a student-led LGBTQ community.

In two messages at 9:28 p.m. and 9:32 p.m., Georgia Tech tweeted that students should "seek shelter" due to "violent protests on campus".

A spokesman for Georgia Tech told CNN that campus police do not carry stun guns. Three people were arrested and charged with inciting a riot and battery of an officer, Wallace said.

But Chris Stewart, a lawyer for the family, said Schultz was carrying a small utility tool and the blade wasn't out.

An attorney for the Schultz family issued a statement which asked protests or Scout's death to "do so peacefully".

The parents of Scout Schultz - who had appeared earlier in the day with their attorney to question the deadly shooting - released a statement Monday night calling for calm.

"While this is a heart-wrenchingly painful time for the entire Georgia Tech community, it is important to know that all of us here at Georgia Tech are committed to providing a safe and healthy, living and learning environment for all of our students, faculty and staff", he wrote.

Schultz was the head of the Georgia Pride Alliance, which had helped organize Monday night's vigil. (Investigators later found a multipurpose tool in Schultz's dorm room, but no gun). I met Scout previous year at the Lavender Graduation ceremony, and our entire Georgia Tech community is mourning the tragic loss of this smart and passionate young person.

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"Scout's family respects the rights of those who wish to voice opposition to what they feel was an unnecessary use of force, but they ask that it be done respectfully and safely", the statement added.

Beck became an officer with the campus police department on May 21, 2016, according to records from the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, or POST, which certifies law enforcement officers in Georgia.

"Scout should not have been shot", Stewart said, according to ABC.

Officers can be heard on one of the videos shouting repeatedly, "Nobody wants to hurt you".

Around 50 people attended and marched in the streets of the Georgia Tech.

"Drop it!" someone says finally, as Schultz takes three more steps toward an officer, followed by the report of a gunshot and many screams. Scout Schultz spent this past summer at home and there were no obvious problems when school resumed last month, the elder Schultz said. Losing a student, friend, colleague, and campus leader is one of the most hard experiences that any of us will have to face.

An officer then shot him and he later died at Grady Memorial Hospital.

The 911 call reporting a suspicious person was placed by Schultz.

While the state's investigative bureau referred to Schultz as a male -- "Scott Schultz" - the student identified as intersex and used the pronoun "they".

The GBI is conducting the investigation into the incident.

Schultz's mom, Lynne Schultz, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Scout may have been trying to commit suicide.