Schultz, who left behind three suicide notes, was in fact carrying a utility tool with the blade not extended. Police ordered the 21-year-old computer engineering student to drop the knife but Schultz didn’t comply. The Lilburn native continued to move, slowly, towards the officers and was finally shot by Beck. Through his attorney, Beck maintains his actions were justified.
Critics say Schultz’s death could’ve been prevented had Tech officers been equipped with Tasers. And Beck, like many other Tech officers, had not completed the GBI’s Crisis Intervention Training, designed to help police deal with mentally ill or troubled suspects.