Two students who knew 18-year-old Gil Collar described him Monday as appearing intoxicated shortly before his death early Saturday.
The university says Collar was nude, acting erratically and challenging a police officer when the officer opened fire. A school statement makes no mention of Collar being armed.
South Alabama students Bronte Harber and Sarah Hay say Collar was partially disrobed and loud shortly before his death.
Hay says Collar was talking nonsensically about being on a "spiritual quest." Harber says Collar was wearing only his underwear and yelling obscenities near police headquarters, where the killing occurred.
Neither saw the shooting.