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Georgia Tech police 'over-reacted in fatal shooting of student'

The lawyer for the family of a student killed by Georgia Tech police has said the officer who fired the fatal shot over-reacted.

Campus police killed 21-year-old Scout Schultz, who they claim was advancing on officers with a knife.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Schultz refused to put down the knife and kept moving toward officers early on Sunday outside a dormitory.

Attorney Chris Stewart told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he thinks Schultz was having a mental breakdown and did not know what to do.

Mr Stewart and the student's family have scheduled a news conference for later on Monday.

WSB-TV reported the weapon involved, still on the ground when its news crew arrived, appeared to be a "metal, flip-open, multi-tool knife".

Schultz was president of Pride Alliance at Georgia Tech.

Authorities have not identified the officer who shot him.


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