A Texas college student was shot and killed by a campus police officer on Monday according to NBC News on Dec. 9. The killing occurred after a high speed chase that occurred when the student, identified as Robert Cameron Redus, stole the officer’s baton and used it to beat him.
Redus, 23, was a student at the University of the Incarnate Word and hailed from Baytown, Texas.
Cpl. Chris Carter of the University police department shot Redus at least three times. The shooting occurred in the predawn hours Friday morning in Alamo Heights at an off-campus apartment complex. Carter is now on administrative leave while the incident is investigated.
Redus was a communication arts major in his senior year and set to graduate in May with honors from the college. The University of the Incarnate Word, located in San Antonio, is one of the largest Catholic colleges in the country. Redus, who went by Cameron, was the campus TV station’s anchor.
Classmates were stunned to learn of the incident. They expressed disbelief that Redus could be violent. Some couldn’t understand why the officer fired.
Carter was returning from a break when he spotted a vehicle moving erratically near the front of the campus, according to a statement released by the university. He pursued it to the apartment complex and radioed for assistance but unfortunately identified his location a San Antonio rather than Alamo Heights. This delayed the proper police agency from being contacted and arriving by several minutes.
Redus and Carter struggled and Redus got hold of the officer’s baton. As Redus proceeded to beat the officer with the baton, Carter drew his gun and fired. The statement said Redus never identified himself and Carter was unaware he was a student.
The shooting is being investigated by the Alamo Heights police and the Texas Rangers. The police car’s dash camera had fallen off the night before when the glue failed due to the extreme cold weather so there is no video record of what happened in the school’s first ever police shooting.
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