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Robert Cameron Redus, age 23, was a promising young college student at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. Cameron, as his friends called him, was driving home after celebrating his upcoming graduation.
What happened next was tragic, and still a bit of a mystery.
Campus police officer Corporal Chris Carter, a 35-year old with an eight-year record with eight different law enforcement agencies, followed Redus’ vehicle early morning on December 6th after reporting that the car was speeding and driving erratically.
Redus did not pull over immediately, but instead drove to the Tree House apartment complex where he lived. After Cameron exited the vehicle, a struggle reportedly ensued, prompting Officer Carter to radio for assistance.
Moments later, Cameron was dead. Officer Carter apparently emptied his firearm into his body.
Beyond the mismatch of a fairly diminutive Christian college honor student, who was certainly acting inappropriately, acting aggressively enough to provoke a police officer to shoot him ‘four to six times,’ is the disturbing testimony of witnesses.
A witness at the apartment complex claims that the police officer did not give the shooting victim warning. According to the Daily Mail:
A witness who lives in the Treehouse Apartments described hearing ‘five or six’ gunshots, but no verbal warnings.
‘I didn’t hear him say anything like, “Get down on your hands and knees,” you know? I didn’t hear him say anything. He just started shooting,’ the man told KSAT.
‘He emptied the gun on him,’ he said. ‘Boom, boom, boom.’
Another witness by the name of Mohammad Haidarasl, who said he had not yet been contacted by police, had the most provocative account, which he gave to My San Antonio.
In his words, this is what happened:
‘I heard [a man] say, “Oh, you’re gonna shoot me?” like sarcastic almost.’
Since this case is far from closed, no one can say for certain yet who is at fault. The Texas Rangers are investigating the incident, as is Lieutenant Cindy Pruitt of the Alamo Heights Police Department. The Redus family has wisely hired a lawyer.
Given the character of the victim, the circumstances known so far about the tragic incident, and the grave disparity in the use of force by a police officer who emptied his firearm into a young man, the case is sure to draw a lot of intention.
Those who knew Cameron say nothing but good things about the young man.
“He’s not an aggressive person at all, so the story just doesn’t really make sense to any of us,” said Sarah Davis, one of Redus’ longtime friends.
“Cameron was the sweetest, kindest, gentlest person,” added friend Annie Jones. “So compassionate.”