A full, unedited transcript of the 911 call made by Scout Schutz minutes before the student was shot and killed by the Georgia Tech Police has been obtained by local media Channel 2 Action News that can help shed light on a more complete picture of what happened the night the 22-year-old student was killed.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has confirmed to Channel 2 that Officer Tyler Beck fired the said deadly shot.
Police have said earlier that the voice on the 911 call is that of Schultz, who reported a suspicious person on campus Saturday night.
In the 911 call, Schultz called the Georgia Tech Police to describe the gunman he said police “should be looking for.” Schultz said: “He’s got long blond hair, white T-shirt, and jeans. He’s got a knife in his hand and he might have a gun on his hip.”
What the police did not know then was Schultz was strangely giving a self-description.
The call dispatcher asked the caller if he would like to leave a name, and the Tech student gave his name. He answered: “Sure, Scott Schultz.”
Just minutes after, campus police saw a barefoot Schultz, unaware that he’s the same student who made the call.
Cellphone video shows Schultz during the stand-off had a multi-purpose tool with a knife on it in his hand, and he can be heard telling the police to shoot him.
The Georgia Bureau of the investigation confirmed that Beck shot the student in the chest. He has since been placed on leave while a probe is ongoing about the shooting.
University students have created a memorial outside their fallen fellow student’s dorm to honor Schultz and organized a vigil on Monday night. The vigil turned into a violent protest with police ending up arresting three people, including one student.
Schultz was later discovered not possessing a gun after all during the incident. The police have taken pains to explain that the shooting was a judgment call given the situation, while students are seeing it as an excessive form of response that claimed the life of one of their own.