Officer in shooting death of UIW student resigns
Cpl. Chris Carter fatally shot Cameron Redus in Dec. 2013
SAN ANTONIO – The University of the Incarnate Word police officer who shot and killed student Cameron Redus in December of 2013 has resigned.
"Definitely a very stressful year for everyone involved," said Redus' close friend Jonathan Guajardo.
Cpl. Chris Carter submitted his resignation to the university on Dec. 10, four days after the first anniversary of Redus' death.
"The fact that he's not coming back to campus is definitely welcoming for both the family and students. It makes everyone on campus feel a little safer on campus right now," Guajardo said.
Carter shot Redus five times outside the student's apartment in Alamo Heights on Dec. 6, 2013.
Carter followed Redus after noticing his erratic driving on Broadway.
The two got into a physical altercation at the apartment complex, which led to the shooting.
According to the Alamo Heights Police Department, Carter instructed Redus to put his hands behind his back 14 times and asked him to stop resisting arrest 56 times before shooting him.
"Since Cameron wasn't an aggressive person, why (is) he being painted as such an aggressive person that night? What was different? I think Cameron was acting in self defense," said friend Miriam Thomas.
The investigation has been handed over to the Bexar County District Attorney's Office. It has not yet been presented to a grand jury for review of possible criminal charges.
Redus' family has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Carter.
"I'll reach peace when a verdict is made in this case. Until then, I do not care if this case is dragged out for 10 years. I'm still going to be fighting for Cameron," Thomas said.
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