Police shot and killed Scout Schultz late Saturday night after the 21-year-old student called 911 to report an armed and possibly intoxicated suspicious person, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has said.
Schultz's parents have hired trial attorney L. Chris Stewart, claiming that their child did not have to die if police used de-escalating tactics and non-lethal measures.
Most of Schultz's stress was related to school, their mother said.
Schultz's father Bill criticized Georgia Tech police for using deadly force. "They have been the driving force behind Pride Alliance for the past two years", the group said.
Shortly after 11pm on Saturday, a call was made to campus police about a person with a knife and gun.More news: Jose set to batter East Coast with heavy rain, coastal flooding
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"Nobody wants to hurt you man. Drop the knife", an officer said again, ordering him to drop the weapon down. He can be heard yelling "shoot me" to the officers who urged him to drop the knife.
Schultz paused multiple times before continuing towards officers, who took steps backward to create additional distance.
"They seemed fine, friends said they seemed fine", Lynne Schultz, Scout's mom, told the New York Daily News. When Schultz advances toward the officers, an officer fires a fatal shot. Photos of the knife taken on the scene showed that the blade was not extended, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Schultz identified himself as non-binary, which is also referred to as genderqueer or GQ, a term for people who express a combination of masculinity and femininity, or neither, in their gender expression.
"I'm bisexual, nonbinary and intersex", Mr Schultz wrote in a Pride Alliance profile.
Schultz was the head of the Georgia Pride Alliance, which had helped organize Monday night's vigil. "There was no one around at risk". Georgia Tech declined to comment on Monday, referring all questions to the GBI, which is investigating the shooting.