The student killed by a campus police officer during an off-campus traffic stop for driving too fast has been identified as 23-year-old Robert Cameron Redus. The honor student was killed for driving "erratically at a high rate of speed” on Friday at around 2:30 a.m, according to a Dec. 9, 2013, PoliceOne.com report.
Robert Cameron Redus, who was a student at San Antonio's University of the Incarnate Word, was killed with several gun shots in the parking lot of the Alamo Heights apartment complex in which he lived.
According to police department spokeswoman Lt. Cindy Pruitt, the fatal incident began when Robert Cameron Redus was seen by university police Cpl. Christopher Carter driving his pickup erratically “at a high rate of speed down a major city thoroughfare.”
After the university police officer had pulled over Robert Cameron Redus in his apartment’s parking lot, allegedly a struggle ensued and multiple shots were fired by the police officer. “Alamo Heights police said Redus did not have a gun or a knife. When asked whether he had another type of weapon or whether he may have tried to grab the officer’s gun, Lt. Cindy Pruitt stated that “the investigation has not determined whether or not the suspect was armed.”
A resident living at the apartment complex said that he heard a man say, “’Oh, you're gonna shoot me?’ seconds before he heard four to six gunshots."
Robert Cameron Redus was declared dead at the scene.
While police officer Christopher Carter reportedly called for help, it is uncertain when he did so or whether there was any reason for him to fire multiple shots and kill the honor student.
A joined investigation by the Alamo Heights Police Department and the Texas Rangers in regard to the mysterious incident is being conducted. The campus police officer, a five-year veteran, has been placed on administrative leave.
In response to the killing of a 23-year-old student who was to graduate as a communications major in May, who graduated as co-valedictorian from Baytown Christian Academy, and who had been listed twice on the university's dean's list, Robert Cameron Redus’ friends are wondering what really happened to a young man who they describe as kind, intelligent, and well-loved in the community.
"He was not an aggressive person at all, so the story doesn't make sense.”