Plaque honoring student placed outside natatorium

A plaque memorializing a University of the Incarnate Word student who was shot to death five by a campus police officer during an off-campus traffic stop on Dec. 6 is in place.

But an investigation into the death of Robert Cameron Redus, 23, still was incomplete as of press time. An autopsy and toxicology report released to the public March 20 showed Cpl. Chris Carter shot Redus five times outside the student’s Tree House apartment complex. Two of the shots that struck Redus were considered potentially fatal or lethal, according to the Bexar County medical examiner.

The toxicology report conducted showed Redus, a communication arts major from Baytown, Texas, was legally intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .155, twice the limit of the legal amount for operating a motor vehicle in the state of Texas. A trace amount of tetrahydrocannabinol, the active component of marijuana, was also found in his system. He did not test positive for any other drugs.

If Carter – who remains on paid administrative lead — fails to prove he shot Redus because he genuinely feared for his life, the officer could face second-degree murder chargers. The circumstances surrounding the two potentially fatal shots will play a key factor in the grand jury’s decision. The university is awaiting completion of the investigation before determining the next step in Carter’s case.

The Student Government Association also plans to submit some recommendations to the university regarding campus safety.

Meanwhile, a plaque in the late student’s honor has been placed by a tree planted in January near Barshop Natatorium. And students plan to wear a special pin in his honor at the May 11 graduation at Freeman Coliseum. Redus, an honor student, was scheduled to graduate this spring.

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