Scout SchultzAge 21
16 Sep 2017
Atlanta, Georgia (USA)
Scout was shot dead by a campus police officer during a mental health crisis. The officer had no crisis intervention training.
In November 2021 Scout's family was awarded a $1 million compensation settlement following a wrongful death suit against Georgia Tech and the officer in question.
[The] family of non-binary Georgia Tech student Scout Schultz, who was killed by campus police while in the middle of a mental health crisis, will receive a $1 million settlement.
Schultz, 21, a fourth-year student who was intersex, non-binary and bisexual and was head of the school’s Pride Alliance, was killed in September, 2017.
Four campus police officers responded that night when a 911 caller reported that Schultz was “skulking around” carrying a knife and “might have a gun”.
Schultz approached the officers, and appeared to tell them to shoot. One officer told them that “nobody wants to hurt” them”, and another told them to “relax”.
But as Schultz continued to advance, one of the officers, Tyler Beck, 23, fired and killed them with a single shot to the heart.
After their death, a multi-utility tool with a small blade was found on the ground, and there was no gun to be seen.