The Georgia Tech police officer who shot and killed a student was on duty for one year and had not received crisis intervention training, which provides officers insight on those suffering behavioral health issues.
The Georgia Tech police officer who shot and killed a student was on duty for one year and had not received crisis intervention training, the New York Daily News reports. Tyler Beck, identified in a Georgia Bureau of Investigation statement as the officer who shot Scout Schultz, joined the Georgia Tech Police Department in May 2016 after serving on the department’s Community Outreach and Engagement unit. He participated in 492 hours of training in 2016 and 64 hours of training in 2017, for such topics as “firearms …& use of deadly force,” “campus law enforcement training,” and “crisis management.” He was not given crisis intervention training, which provides officers insight on dealing with those suffering from behavioral health issues.
Beck shot Schultz once in the chest, and the 21-year-old student died at a nearby hospital. Authorities released audio of Schultz’s 911 call in which he escribed a person who “looks like he’s got a knife in his hand … I think he might have a gun on his hip.” “Looks like he might be drunk or something,” Schultz said. “He has long, blond hair, white T-shirt, jeans.” As fellow students watched from their dorm rooms, police surrounded Schultz near a campus parking deck.