The Texas college student killed during a traffic stop last Friday, was charging at the campus officer when he was shot at six times, police say.
In a press conference Monday afternoon, Chief Richard Pruitt of the Alamo Heights Police Department said 23-year-old student Robert Cameron Redus had wrestled Cpt Chris Carter’s baton away from him and hit the policeman in the head and arm with it.
Cpt Carter eventually got the baton back and told Redus four times to stop fighting him or he would shoot.
That’s when Redus turned around and charged at Carter with his arm raised to strike, and Cpt Carter took out his .40-calibur semiautomatic gun and shot six times at Redus, hitting him five times in the chest, neck, eye, arm and thigh.
While the camera on the police cruiser was out, audio was still working which captured Carter warning Redus 56 times to stop resisting arrest, 14 times to place his hands behind his back and three times that he was under arrest. The incident is still under investigation.
Cpt Carter pulled the student over not far from campus in Alamo Heights because he was speeding and ‘driving erratically,’ according to police.
Alamo Heights Police Lieutenant Cindy Pruitt told KSAT that the incident occurred about 2am in the parking lot of the Treehouse apartments in the 100 block of Grandview Place off Broadway, where Redus was a resident.
Redus, known to friends by his second name Cameron, had spent the evening celebrating the end of semester with classmates.
It is not clear where Carter first tried to pull Redus over, but both vehicles drove north on Broadway until they pulled into the parking lot of the Treehouse Apartments where the struggle ensued. Pruitt told My San Antonio that Carter radioed for help shortly before Redus was shot.