A University of the Incarnate Word police officer shot and killed a 23-year-old student during a traffic stop Friday morning, just a few blocks north from the campus, according to the Alamo Heights Police Department.
Police investigators said UIW student Robert Cameron ‘Cam’ Redus was shot off-campus by Cpl. Chris Carter during a traffic stop at around 2 a.m.
During a press conference Friday, Alamo Heights police said the department received a call for reported gunshots in the 100 block of Grandview Place.
Upon arrival, officers found Redus’ body, shot multiple time, in the back parking lot of the Treehouse Apartments, in the 100 block of Arcadia Place, just off Broadway Street.
Investigators said the UIW officer attempted to pull Redus over on Broadway Street for ‘driving erratically.’ When the victim finally pulled over at the apartment complex, police said Redus got out of his truck and attacked Carter.
A struggle ensued between the officer and Redus before Carter opened fire and fatally shot the student.
Police confirmed the shooting resulted from a traffic stop and not an incident on campus.
“There’s just an outpouring of genuine grief among hundreds, if not thousands, of people in our community because he was so well-liked and loved,” Annie Jones, a friend of Redus, told KENS 5.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the student and officer involved in this incident,” UIW President Dr. Lou Agnese said.
Redus had moved to San Antonio from Baytown for school. He went to Baytown Christian Academy and graduated as co-valedictorian.
His academic success continued at UIW, where he had been named to the Dean’s List and was a part-time anchor for the school’s student newscast.
“I grieve on behalf of his parents, because I know how devastated they are. He was a sweet, sweet person,” said family friend Annie Jones.
UIW students have scheduled a vigil in Redus’ memory at the school’s convocation center at 7 p.m. Saturday. The event was moved from Grotto due to inclement weather.
Cameron’s family released the following statement Friday evening:
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.
According to a statement released by the university, Cpl. Carter has an ‘extensive law-enforcement background’ and has been employed with UIW for several years. He has been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation is conducted.
The Texas Rangers are assisting the Alamo Heights Police Department with the investigation.
The University of the Incarnate Word released the following statement:
UIW police officers are licensed and trained as certified peace officers by the State of Texas. UIW currently has a total of nine locations spread throughout San Antonio, in addition to two elementary schools that are part of the Brainpower Connection. It is routine for UIW officers to patrol all of these locations.