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More details released on shooting of UIW student
SAN ANTONIO -- The Alamo Heights Police Department and the University of Incarnate Word have both released more details concerning a shooting that left a UIW student dead.
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UIW officials confirmed Monday that Confirm Cpl. Chris Carter was returning from a break while on duty on Friday, December 6th, when he spotted a driver on Broadway near the front of campus driving erratically at a high rate of speed and tried to get the driver to pull over. The suspect was later identified as UIW student 23-year-old Robert Cameron Redus.
A UIW news release states Carter followed the 'suspect' into the parking lot of the Treehouse Apartments and radioed the university for assistance. The release says there was a delay because Carter mistakenly identified his street location, and the call was routed to San Antonio Police Department instead of Alamo Heights.
According to UIW officials, Carter tried to restrain the suspect, who he said repeatedly resisted. The new release states that the suspect took away a baton Carter and hit him with it, Carter pulled his firearm and was able to knock the baton away from the suspect. They said the suspect continued to resist arrest and shots were fired.
The UIW news release said "at no time during the incident did the suspect identify himself." They also stated there's no evidence Carter had any knowledge the suspect was a student.
The university noted the shooting is the first instance of a suspect shooting in UIW history. They also stated that UIW police vehicles are equipped with dash cams, but the camera installed on the vehicle Carter was using had fallen off the day before the incident due to a problem involving the glue used to install it and the change in temperature.
During a news conference Monday afternoon, an Alamo Heights Police Department spokesperson said Redus was shot five times. The spokesperson said investigators believe Redus was under the influence of alcohol and that he had taken the baton away from Officer Carter.
The Alamo Heights Police Department is investigating the shooting with assistance from the Texas Rangers.
Alamo Heights Police Chief Richard Pruitt says the investigation is on going, and all of the evidence will be presented to the District Attorney's Office for further review.