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Patrol car torched, cops injured as Georgia Tech protests over shooting of armed student turn violent

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A protest following a vigil for the Georgia Tech student who was fatally shot by campus police turned violent and ended with several arrests.

A peaceful vigil took place Monday night for Scout Schultz who was shot carrying a small knife and refusing to follow police orders on Saturday. The 21 year-old gender non-binary student, who was seen in a video of the incident walking toward officers, shouted “shoot me!”

Schultz was ultimately shot by police after advancing on officers and not heeding orders to drop the knife.

Following a vigil Monday night at Georgia Tech, about 50 protesters marched to the campus police department, according to university spokesman Lance Wallace, the New York Post reported.

Chaos erupted as the protests turned violent with a police car being torched and officers surrounded and attacked.  Georgia Tech students were told to shelter in place as police quickly restored order.

Some students reported that the rioters were not from the school campus.

Two officers suffered minor injuries and one of them was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to the Post. Three people were arrested and charged with inciting a riot and battery of an officer, Wallace said.

Schultz’s family had urged the protesters to remain peaceful, in a statement through attorney Chris Stewart.

“(W)e ask that those who wish to protest Scout’s death do so peacefully. Answering violence with violence is not the answer,” the statement said, according to the Post. “Our goal is to work diligently to make positive change at Georgia Tech in an effort to ensure a safer campus for all students.”

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