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Anders Hagstrom on September 19, 2017
The Georgia Tech student shot by police Saturday wrote three suicide notes in his dorm room before summoning police and repeatedly asking them to shoot him, investigators say.
Scout Schultz, 21, had a history of mental illness and was shot by police Saturday after he repeatedly ignored their commands while wielding a knife.
Video of the incident shows Schultz shouting “shoot me!” to police. New evidence uncovered by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) shows that Schultz left three suicide notes in her dorm before calling police to report an individual wielding a knife, The Washington Post reported.
Schultz’s death triggered riots across the campus Monday night, with protesters marching on police headquarters and burning at least one patrol vehicle to a crisp.
Schultz, who was born a male but identified as neither male nor female, led the university’s Pride Alliance LGBT group. During his phone call to police, he reported a “white male, with long blond hair, white T-shirt & blue jeans who is possibly intoxicated, holding a knife and possibly armed with a gun on his hip,” which described his appearance at the time.
Police in the video can be heard yelling, “Nobody wants to hurt you,” after Schultz’s repeated calls for them to shoot him.
Schultz, holding a knife, continued to walk toward the officers before one of them shot him a single time.
Those protesting the event claim police should have used non-lethal force.
“Why didn’t they use some nonlethal force, like pepper spray or Tasers?” Shultz’s mother, Lynn Schultz said. “I think (Scout) was having a mental breakdown and didn’t know what to do … The area was secured. There was no one around at risk.”
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