New details have emerged in the killing of 23-year-old Texas college student Cameron Redus, who was shot five times – and once in the back – by a police officer during a traffic stop.
Redus, a student at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, was pulled over by campus police corporal Christopher Carter a few blocks from the student’s apartment. Redus had been driving under the influence, according to KENS 5.
An altercation soon broke out between Redus and Carter. According to Carter, Redus successfully wrested Carter’s police baton from his hands at one point, though the officer re-acquired it soon after.
According to a neighbor who overheard the incident, Carter then instructed Redus to surrender. Redus responded, “Oh, you’re gonna shoot me?” in a sarcastic tone.
Carter did just that. He shot Redus – who was unarmed – five times, according to an autopsy report recently obtained by KENS 5.
The bullets were fired at close range and hit him in the left eye, chest, left elbow, right hip and back. The shot to the back was likely the one that killed him, according to the report.
Redus’s friends described him as “gentle” and “well-liked.” His family said that Redus clearly made poor choices that night, but did not deserve to die.
Carter is on administrative leave pending the results an investigation. UIW has so far maintained that Carter will return to work in an administrative capacity but will no longer go on patrols.