Cameron Redus, 23, allegedly said, ‘Oh, you’re gonna shoot me?’ before a campus police officer fired six times.
The family of a college student shot dead in Texas by a campus police officer says there’s no way the student instigated the fatal confrontation.
Robert Cameron Redus, 23, was killed early Friday after a campus police officer at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio pulled him over for driving erratically.
Cpl. Chris Carter followed Redus to his off-campus apartment and attempted a traffic stop that exploded into a physical confrontation, cops said.
According to a witness, Redus said, “Oh, you’re going to shoot me?” moments before six shots rang out.
Redus’ family said Tuesday that the police’s version of events simply didn’t add up.
The Redus family says an investigation into the shooting will reveal that the student posed no threat to the police officer who fatally shot him.
“Our family does not believe the officer’s report,” the family wrote in a statement sent to the San Antonio Express-News.
“Cameron has never been an aggressive or confrontational person. Cameron’s friends have said the same thing about him. For him to confront a police officer would be completely out of his character.”
Cops say that Redus managed to hit Carter with his own police baton and that Redus was charging the cop when he was shot.
But police also say that Carter had recovered his baton by the time Redus was shot and that no other weapons were found at the scene.
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Friends of Cameron Redus were stunned at the deadly incident, saying the 23-year-old was not an aggressive person.
“Even if Cameron was driving erratically, he presented no threat to the campus police officer or anyone else once he parked his truck,” the family wrote. “We expect all official reports to confirm that Cameron’s death was unnecessary and unjustified.”
Redus, who was a co-valedictorian at his high school, Baytown Christian Academy in Baytown, Texas, would have graduated from college in May.
Students at the university who knew Redus were stunned by the shooting.
“He’s not an aggressive person at all, so the story just doesn’t really make sense to any of us,” Sarah Davis, one of Redus’ friends, told Houston TV station KTRK.
Carter is on paid leave as police investigate the shooting.