ATLANTA — A Georgia Tech officer who shot and killed a student will not face criminal charges, the Fulton County district attorney has decided.
The GBI said Georgia Tech police Officer Tyler Beck fired the shot that killed Scout Schultz in Sept. 2017.
Investigators said Schultz called police and told them that a man was walking around the dorms with a knife in his hand and possibly a “gun on his hip.” They said Schultz left three suicide notes.
“We have determined that there was no criminal conduct related to the actions of the officer. Therefore, our investigation of this matter is concluded,” district attorney Paul Howard said in a letter obtained by Channel 2′s Richard Belcher.
Four officers responded and that's when authorities said Schultz ignored officers' demands to drop a weapon in his hand.
They said Schultz approached the officers, despite continuous commands. The GBI said that is when Beck shot Schultz.
After the shooting Beck’s attorney said it was justified.
“He (Beck) very much regrets the situation he was faced with, he and the other officers,” said Don English, general counsel with the Southern States Police Benevolent Association. “He is very appreciative of the support he has received from the Georgia Tech community, including most of the students.”
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