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A Georgia Tech LGBT student was shot and killed by police

An independent inquiry into the death of Scout Shultz is currently underway.
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BBC

Scout Schultz, an LGBT activist, and student was shot by police and later died from their injuries on Saturday, September 16, reports BBC News.

Scout Schultz was outside the campus dormitory in Atlanta when police responded to a call reporting there was, “a person with a knife and a gun.”

A video of the incident shows Schultz ignoring warnings by police and walking towards them. A family lawyer said Schultz was holding a closed multi-tool.

Distraught, Schultz’s parents said police should not have used lethal force.

"Why did you have to shoot?" the victim's father said at a news conference on Monday. "That's the question, I mean that's the only question that matters right now. Why did you kill my son?"

Amateur video of the incident captured by a student shows Schultz advancing upon law enforcement yelling, "Shoot me!" multiple times.

"Drop the knife, man, come on," an officer is heard saying. Another says, “Nobody wants to hurt you,” before firing a shot into Schultz’s chest.

Although the original call reported that Schultz was holding a firearm, investigators said that did not appear true.

Schultz was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where they died from their injuries, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said.

Georgia Tech campus police are not equipped with tasers but do carry pepper spray, something Scout's father thinks police should have used instead, "If they don't want to use tasers, there's pepper spray," said Scout's father in a press conference, "They have these pepper sprays that will shoot ten feet, twenty feet, long way. Something besides shoot the gun and kill." 

College representatives said this is the first incident of its kind in twenty years if at all.

Schultz identified as intersex and preferred the pronoun they. They were president of the Pride Alliance in Georgia and also an activist within the LGBT community.

"We are all deeply saddened by what has occurred," Pride Alliance said in a statement,"They have been the driving force behind Pride Alliance for the past two years." the group adds, "They pushed us to do more events and a larger variety [of] events."

Schultz's mother Lynne said Scout suffered from bouts of depression and had attempted to die by suicide two years ago.

"Why didn't they [police] use some nonlethal force, like pepper spray or Tasers?" she told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A campus rally in protest of the shooting turned violent on Monday night when people set a patrol car ablaze, three people were arrested and two officers were injured.

"Answering violence with violence is not the answer," William and Lynne Schultz said in a statement.

The student-captured video of the incident can be seen below.

WARNING: the video contains material that may be disturbing to some viewers.