The GBI has said Beck and other officers were responding to a 911 call about 11:17 p.m. Saturday when Beck shot Schultz as the student advanced on officers with a knife and refused commands to put it down. "Looks like he might be drunk or something", 21-year-old Scout Schultz told the 911 operator on September 16. "Our goal is to work diligently to make positive change at Georgia Tech in an effort to ensure a safer campus for all students", they said.
After a vigil for the slain student, "a group of approximately 50 protestors marched to the Georgia Tech Police Department".
Georgia Tech officials are urging students to stay indoors because of violent protests on campus after the death of a student who authorities say was advancing on officers with a knife.
Georgia Tech President G.P. "Bud" Peterson sent an email to the school community to reassure students that there would be "opportunities for dialogue" and "additional resources as needed for healing". "One police vehicle was damaged and two officers suffered minor injuries", the university said. Police say three people were arrested and charged with inciting a riot and battery of an officer, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Stewart said the officers were not facing any immediate danger when one inappropriately fired on Schultz, who he says had a history of depression and appeared to be suffering a mental breakdown.
"We ask that those who wish to protest Scout's death do so peacefully".
Schultz was not, in fact, a man, but rather identified as intersex - neither male nor female - and was known around campus for leading an equality group called Pride Alliance.
Police found Schultz outside a university residence, walking barefoot and apparently very disoriented.
"Scout always reminded us to think critically about the intersection of identities and how a multitude of factors play into one's experience on Tech's campus and beyond".
Schultz's parents hired attorney L. Chris Stewart and plan to sue because officers should have used non-lethal force instead and "overreacted".
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.
"Come on, man, let's drop the knife", an officer, gun drawn, tells the student.
Schultz, holding a knife, continues to walk toward the officers before one of them shoots him a single time.
Footage of the moment Schultz was shot has emerged online. And since January 2015, US police have killed at least 392 people who were armed with knives, blades or other edged weapons - 102 deaths this year alone, including Schultz. Scout's father, Bill Schultz asked at a news conference Monday. The university has not specified whether the three individuals are students.
At least 102 of those cases, including the shooting of Schultz, occurred in 2017.
On Saturday evening, Schultz left three suicide notes in his room and called the 911 emergency line, reporting a suspicious person on campus and giving his own description, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).