A vigil is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the University of the Incarnate Word grotto for the UIW senior shot and killed allegedly during a struggle off campus with a UIW police officer.

The announcement was posted on Facebook by Jonathan Guajardo, UIW student government president.

Robert Cameron Redus, 23, was a communication arts major from Baytown set to graduate in May, according to Debra del Toro, UIW spokeswoman.

Lt. Cindy Pruitt, with the Alamo Heights Police Department, said the incident occurred about 2 a.m. in the parking lot of the Tree House apartments  in the 100 block of Grandview Place off Broadway, not far from the campus.

Del Toro said Cpl. Chris Carter, a five-year campus police veteran with an extensive law enforcement background, is now administrative leave.

Pruitt said Carter told officers Redus was speeding and driving erratically on Broadway when he tried to pull him over.

Katie Bosworth, a UIW senior, was among the last people to see Redus alive. She said earlier that evening, their class had celebrated at a couple of restaurants marking the end of the semester.  

“I just don’t understand how a campus police officer was off campus and he got shot by the campus police officer,”

Del Toro said as a licensed police officer, Carter had the authority to make the traffic stop because it was near where campus police have jurisdiction.

Campus policy states, “University Police patrol all UIW property, parking lots, residence halls and facilities.”

St. Peter Prince of Apostles Elementary School  is located behind the shooting scene, just as UIW borders Broadway where the traffic stop began.

Alamo Heights police said Redus did not have a gun or a knife. When asked whether he had another type of weapon or whether he may have tried to grab the officer’s gun, Pruitt said, “The investigation has not determined whether or not the suspect was armed.”

An unidentified man who lives in the Tree House Apartments described hearing five to six gunshots, but said he was also concerned by what he didn't hear from the officer.

"I didn't hear him say anything like, 'Get down on your hands and knees,' you know? I didn't hear him say anything. He just started shooting," the man said.

“He emptied the gun on him,” he said. “Boom, boom, boom.Six shots -- five or six.”

Redus' family and friends had questions of their own about what happened.

"He's not an aggressive person at all, so the story just doesn't really make sense to any of us," said Sarah Davis, a long-time friend of Redus.

"Cameron was the sweetest, kindest, gentlest person, so compassionate," said Annie Jones, another friend.

Bosworth, who only had two classes with Redus, said, “He was a really good guy. He was one of the most laid back, nicest guys that I knew.”

Texas Rangers are assisting Alamo Heights Police in the investigation.

Dr. Lou Agnese, UIW president, said in a statement, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the student and the officer involved in the incident.”

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Images: Robert Cameron Redus

Published On: Dec 06 2013 10:25:26 PM CST

Robert Cameron Redus, 23, was a communication arts major at the University of the Incarnate Word. He was shot and killed by a campus police officer, Alamo Heights police say.

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