Police encountered Scout Schultz, 21, outside a campus dormitory in Atlanta after a call about “a person with a knife and a gun” late on Saturday.
A video surfaced on the internet of Schultz disobeying police commands and as a result, upon advancing on them, he was shot and killed by the university police in the US state of Georgia.
He was an LGBT activist and a computer engineering student from Lilburn, Georgia. In an emotional news conference, the victims father asked, “Why did you have to shoot? That’s the question, I mean that’s the only question that matters right now. Why did you kill my son?”
He’s parents said police should not have used lethal force against him.
Schultz was transported to the Grady Memorial Hospital, later dying from injuries sustained in the shooting, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said.
He did not appear to be holding a gun, investigators said, despite what had initially been reported to police.