College Police Officer Kills Student After Off-Campus Traffic Stop

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(Courtesy: MGN Online)

(CNN) — 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 which claimed Redus’ life.

Redus’ friends at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, say that’s not the person they knew.

They knew a student who made the dean’s list at the Catholic college and had been co-valedictorian of a Christian high school back home in Baytown, Texas. They knew a fun-loving campus television news anchor who was “the sweetest, kindest, gentlest person,” as friend Annie Jones described him to CNN affiliate WOAI-TV.

Sarah Davis even attended a news conference at the Alamo Heights police station looking for information.

“The story just really doesn’t make sense to any of us,” she told CNN affiliate WOAI. ” And I think we’re mostly just angry and want answers.”

The incident

The shooting took place Friday in an off-campus parking lot in the town of Alamo Heights, which neighbors San Antonio.

Redus was speeding and driving erratically, said Alamo Heights police Lt. Cindy Pruitt.

Incarnate Word campus police officers are permitted to use police powers off-campus, she said.

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.

Alamo Heights police acknowledged the officer fired several shots. But they would not discuss other details of the alleged struggle, citing the ongoing investigation.

CNN is not naming the officer because he has not been charged.

The response

Redus’ family released a statement to CNN affiliate KENS-TV saying, “We are understandably devastated by the death of our dear son Cameron and we ask for your prayers as we deal with our tragic loss. We trust that God is faithful and will see us through this most difficult time.”

University President Lou Agnese said in a statement released to WOAI, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the student and officer involved in this incident.”

Hundreds of people, including relatives of Redus, gathered at the university’s convocation center Saturday for a vigil. Students brought a slideshow of Redus in happy poses.

“It makes me feel better that we’ve got a lot of support for Cameron,” classmate Albert Salinas said outside the event in an interview with CNN affiliate KSAT-TV.

But they left with no better idea of what happened to their friend.

12 comments

  • Chris Wesley

    I don’t believe the officer on bit. check his payroll and see if you has money coming from an unknown source. I believe people are getting paid for this or he is just a bad person to start with.

    • thinkitthru

      Wow Chris. 150 words of information, all of it “first reports indicate” stuff, and you have already passed judgment on who you believe – even with a witness collaborating from what he heard.

      Sure am glad you aren’t a judge.

    • Patricio Jose'quervo Byrne

      What a fool you are. Let me guess, you’ve had problems with the police before due to your negative attitude and now you are desperately trying to justify your actions by passing judgment onto others. It won’t work that way. And how you think we care if you, 1500 miles away, believe it or not. Do you think you have ESP or something? Again, what a fool you are.

      • Larry

        Since you know so much, I guess you witnessed the confrontation Pat. Plus you’re so intelligent that you can make a judgment about somebody just by looking at their photo. Truly amazing !!

  • Sue Cox

    I think there is more to the story. It sounds like he was behaving irrationally. So perhaps he was on drugs of some kind. I’m sure there will be an autopsy. So wait for the results.

      • Patricio Jose'quervo Byrne

        There is no reason that a person could have to fight a cop over a simple traffic ticket. Fight it in court if you want, but surely don’t assault an officer. It is just his job…that job being protecting you and I from scumbags and the such. He should not have to be put in a situation where he has to defend himself against possible serious injury while just doing his job.

  • Rob Cooper

    There is definitely some foul play involved. I don’t think every cop is bad but you cannot deny that there are many who abuse their power and have poor judgment. Obviously the officer felt threatened, but was shooting a young promising Christian man the right thing to do in this situation? I think not. And Patricio, violence is part of the job, you’re the only fool here

  • diamond

    This is starting to become a regular thing cops killing young kids its sad tht people r gettin killed for simple things tht could b handled differently a 22 yr old kid dead for dui these cops r getting more n more reckless and getting away with it…

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