Three Charged in Georgia Tech Riots After Police Shoot Student

Three people arrested and students ordered to shelter in place at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta during violent protests

The president of the Georgia Tech LGBT student group who was shot to death by campus police on September 16 after allegedly wielding a knife, left three suicide notes shortly before an altercation with police, according to newly released information by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Authorities say three people have been arrested after an eruption of violence on Georgia Tech's campus Monday night.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says three suicide notes were also found in Schultz's dorm room.

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. The victim's mother, Lynne Schultz, said Schultz was a talented student but suffered from depression and had attempted suicide two years ago. She faulted police for using lethal force rather than taking steps to diffuse a confrontation involving someone with mental health issues.

Officers from Georgia Tech's campus police encountered Schultz, a computer engineering student, in a parking lot outside a dormitory, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The board of directors of Georgia Tech Pride Alliance, for which Schultz served as president for the past two years, released a statement saying the group was deeply saddened by Schultz's death and hailing Schultz's work and dedication on behalf of the organization as an inspiration.

L. Chris Stewart, who's representing Schultz's parents, wrote on Twitter Tuesday that he commends "the patience of the other officers involved" who did not fire at Schultz.

Lance Wallace, a university spokesman, said Georgia Tech campus police do not carry Tasers but they do carry pepper spray.

Footage of the moment Schultz was shot has emerged online.

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Georgia Tech reportedly identified another arrestee as Cassandra Monden, but no charges appear under her name in the police database. In the dorm-window video, one of the officers called out to the student, who consequently turned away from the barricade and began to move toward the new voice.

The masked marchers, who the school says numbered around 50, set off fireworks on their way to the police headquarters on campus.

"I tend to think that if there was a cause, it might have been anger at the police over all the shootings", Bill Schultz said. No gun was recovered, but a multipurpose tool with knife was found on the scene.

Schultz adds, "It looks like he's got, he's got a knife in his hand".

A photo obtained from another video recording published by the Journal-Constitution shows what appeared to be an unopened utility or pocket knife lying on the ground after the shooting.

"Come on, man, let's drop the knife", an officer, gun drawn, tells the student. I am grateful for our students, faculty, staff, campus leaders, and for our campus police.

"Subsequently, one officer fired striking Shultz [sic]".

The dean said the death was "devastating news for the Schultz family, classmates, and for members of the community who knew Scout personally, the shock and grief are particularly acute". Losing a student, friend, colleague, and campus leader is one of the most hard experiences that any of us will have to face.

"We love you Scout and we will continue to push for change".

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