A 23-year-old Texas honor student who was shot and killed by a campus police officer during a traffic stop on Friday was overheard asking the officer a “sarcastic” question before he died.
Robert Cameron Redus, known to his friends as “Cameron,” was stopped Friday morning a few blocks away from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio for allegedly speeding and driving erratically.
During the stop Redus got into some kind of altercation with Cpl. Chris Carter, 35, according to Alamo Heights police Lt. Cindy Pruitt.
Redus’ neighbor, 22-year-old Mohammad Haidarasl, told My San Antonio he overhead the heated exchange Redus had with Carter from his ground-floor apartment at about 2 a.m.
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He said he heard a cop say more than once, “Stop resisting, stop resisting.”
Then he heard what sounded like a struggle.
“Then the cop said, ‘I’m going to shoot,’” Haidarasl recalled.
“I heard (a man) say, ‘Oh, you’re gonna shoot me?’ like sarcastic almost,” he added.
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Carter radioed for help before firing multiple shots at Redus, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Haidarasl said he heard four to six gunshots.
“I jumped up and hid in my closet,” he said.
Carter was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, Incarnate Word announced Friday.
“This is really in its preliminary stages,” Pruitt said. “This investigation will go on for days.”
Redus had been on the Dean’s list fall of 2012 and spring of 2013. He had been the co-valedictorian of his high school in Baytown, Texas. He would have graduated in May.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the student and officer involved in this incident,” the school’s president, Dr. Lou Agnese, said in a statement.