Cameron Redus, a senior at the University of the Incarnate Word, and a co-valedictorian, was pulled over for speeding at around 2 a.m. on Friday by campus police officer Cpl. Chris Carter. The stop occurred just off of the campus at the Tree House apartment complex, which according to Cpl. Carter, was a result of Redus driving erratically and speeding.
The unarmed straight A student allegedly got out of his vehicle and argued with the campus officer over the stop. Carter says that he “feared for his life” when Redus approached him, resulting in the officer unloading 4-6 shots into Redus. A witness who lives in the apartment building, and wishing to remain anonymous, said that the officer did not offer Redus any warning that he was going to begin shooting.
Twenty-two year old Mohammad Haidarasl says that he heard a man, presumably Redus, say “Oh, you’re gonna shoot me?” sarcastically. Less than a minute later, the officer fired on the man. Ending his promising future.
One student at UIW said that she does not understand why a campus police officer was off campus in the first place. The answer lies within university policy, which allows campus police officers to “patrol all UIW property, parking lots, residence halls and facilities” in the vicinity of campus.
Police say that Redus did not have a gun or knife but are conducting an investigation to see if he had a “weapon” or whether he was a threat to Cpl. Carter.
Cameron’s classmates described him as “the most amazing person” one could ever meet, as “hardworking”, and “nonaggressive”, despite the officer’s claim that Redus charged him.
Police say the investigation is in its preliminary stages. Cpl. Carter has been placed on administrative leave pending the results.
Watch a report on the incident below: