Schultz was shot dead wielding what attorney Chris Stewart described on Monday as a multipurpose utility tool, with the knife blade not extended.
On a video of the incident, Schultz can be heard telling police to shoot before one of four officers fired a fatal bullet to the chest.
Stewart said the family plans to file a civil suit against the university for an incident they say should’ve never happened.
"They overreacted. That's it," Stewart said Monday of Tech police. Four officers surrounded Schultz after receiving a 911 call. Only one of them fired his weapon after Schultz failed to obey commands.
Stewart criticized the university for pushing a narrative of a “knife-wielding” suspect who posed a danger to police.
“Why did you have to shoot?” Bill Schultz asked at a news conference Monday. “That’s the only question that matters right now. Why did you kill my son.”
Tech declined to comment on Monday, referring all questions to the GBI which is investigating the shooting.
Scout Schultz (center) is shown with father, Bill, and mother Lynne in this family photo. Photo Provided by the Schultz Family.
Bill and Lynne Schultz described Scout as empathetic and brilliant, noting their oldest child attended Tech on a full scholarship.
Scout Schulz was president of Georgia Tech’s Pride Alliance, a student organization for LGBTQIA students and their allies.