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Autopsy report: UIW student Cameron Redus shot five times

Autopsy states Redus had alcohol, marijuana in his system

Robert Cameron Redus
Robert Cameron Redus

Cameron Redus, the University of the Incarnate Word student who was fatally wounded by a campus police officer, was shot five times, an autopsy report released Thursday stated.

According to the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office, Redus was shot in the left eye, upper chest, upper back, left elbow and right hip during a struggle with Cpl. Chris Carter during the early morning hours of Dec. 6.

The report stated that the gunshot wound to the upper back is "the most immediately lethal" and the gunshot wound to the left eye "could be classified as fatal."

Redus had alcohol and marijuana in his system, a toxicology report concluded.

According to a statement released by the university in December, Carter tried to pull Redus over because he was speeding and driving erratically on Broadway near the front of the university's campus.

Alamo Heights Police Chief Richard Pruitt said in December that Carter told investigators that he followed Redus into his apartment complex in the 100 block of Grandview Place.

The university said Carter radioed for assistance, and during his wait he attempted to restrain Redus, who "repeatedly resisted."

Pruitt said that Carter told Redus numerous times to place his hands behind his back, informed him that he was under arrest and to stop resisting.

Redus took Carter's baton and began hitting his arm and head until the officer was able to retrieve it, Pruitt said.

Carter then drew his service revolver and warned Redus four times to "Stop or I'll shoot," Pruitt said.

Carter said that Redus charged at him with his arms raised as if he was about to strike him and that's when he opened fire, Pruitt said.

"The family is devastated by that all over again and its very difficult for them to think about what was going on that night," said Mark Hall, a spokesman for the Redus family, on Thursday. "How violent his death was and how unnecessary."

KSAT crime analyst and former SAPD officer Eddie Gonzales said it's difficult to say what should or should not have happened.

"I can't say that (the officer) should only fire one, two or three times," said Gonzales. "In a situation like that, remember you have heightened senses. You're probably scared. And a lot of times, from my experience in officer shootings, they can't even recount how many times they fired."

Gonzales said the officer is going to have to justify why he felt deadly force was necessary.

"This is certainly a tragedy all over again for the family," said Hall.