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Georgia Tech Student Is Shot by Campus Police, Sending University Into Shock

Updated (9/18/2017, 10:46 p.m.) with word of violent protests and information from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

A knife-wielding student was shot and killed by the Georgia Institute of Technology’s police on Saturday night, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Scout Schultz, 21, was a computer-engineering student and president of the Georgia Tech Pride Alliance on the Atlanta campus. Disturbing video of the incident shows the student brandishing a knife or similar weapon while slowly approaching several police officers before being shot once.

It was the first officer-involved shooting on the Georgia Tech campus in at least 20 years, and perhaps ever, a spokesman told the Journal-Constitution.

The student’s mother told the newspaper that her child had received a diagnosis of depression at an early age and that school-related stress might have led to the encounter with the police.

In a written statement responding to the shooting, the university’s president, G.P. Peterson, expressed his condolences. “Our hearts and prayers go out to Scout’s family, friends, and colleagues as we mourn Scout’s life and the unrealized potential of what could have been,” the statement said.

Late Monday a vigil in memory of the student turned into a violent protest in which a police car was torched, and Georgia Tech told people on the campus to seek shelter, according to the Associated Press. The university said three people had been arrested and two police officers injured. Meanwhile, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced that the student had called 911 to report an armed, suspicious, and possibly drunken person who matched the student’s appearance. Three suicide notes were found in the student’s dormitory room, the GBI said.

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