Monday, December 9, 2013
We have another incomprehensible police killing of a civilian.
Robert Cameron Redus, 23, was shot to death early Friday morning by a campus police officer. Redus was a student at the University of the Incarnate Word, a Catholic University in San Antonio, TX.
The campus police officer who shot Robert Cameron Redus said the 23-year-old student got out of his truck after a traffic stop, approached the officer and got into the struggle that claimed Redus’ life.
The officer has been identified as Cpl. Christopher Carter, said Margaret Garcia, a University of the Incarnate Word spokeswoman. He has been placed on administrative leave as part of standard procedure in these types of incidents, the university said in a prepared statement.
Police are claiming that Redus was stopped for speeding and driving erratically.
When the officer pursued Redus in his marked cruiser, the student pulled into an apartment complex.
A resident of the complex, 22-year-old Mohammad Haidarasl, told the San Antonio Express-News that Redus was his upstairs neighbor.
It was 2 a.m., and Haidarasl was on his apartment sofa.
He told the paper he heard a voice he believes to have been the officer’s saying, “Stop resisting, stop resisting.”
The newspaper quoted Haidrasl as saying he thought he heard a struggle and “then the cop said, ‘I’m going to shoot.’ ”
A male voice replied, ” ‘Oh, you’re gonna shoot me?’ like sarcastic almost,” Haidarasl said.
Less than a minute later, he said, he heard shots.
Students have reacted to the shooting with stunned disbelief. He was fun loving, popular, a Dean’s List student and the anchor on the school television news program.
The officer has been placed on administrative leave and the shooting is being investigated.
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