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Published On: Tue, Dec 10th, 2013

Texas college student Robert Redus shot and killed after traffic stop goes badly

A San Antonio university student was charging toward an officer with his hand raised when he was fatally shot during a traffic stop, authorities said Monday.

Robert Redus Texas studnet shot killedUniversity of the Incarnate Word student Robert Redus was shot five times Friday by campus police Capt. Chris Carter after the two struggled when Carter tried to handcuff Redus, Alamo Heights Police Chief Richard Pruitt said at a news conference.

Redus had been pulled over for speeding and driving erratically.

Redus, age 23, battled Carter and got the officer’s baton and began attacking him with it.  Redus and Carter wrestled, Carter regaining control with the baton, but Redus broke free and was warned the officer would shoot if he didn’t stop, Pruitt explained to the press.

Redus turned around and charged Carter with an arm raised to strike him, Pruitt said. Carter fired his .40-caliber semi-automatic weapon six times, hitting Redus five times, Pruitt said. Redus was hit in the chest, neck, eye, arm and thigh, Pruitt said.

“I heard (a man) say, ‘Oh, you’re gonna shoot me?’ like sarcastic almost,” said 22-year-old Mohammad Haidarasl, who heard the altercation from his nearby apartment. Seconds later, Haidarasl told My San Antonio, he heard six gunshots.

 

University police officers usually carry pepper spray in addition to firearms, according to a school news release. Pruitt said Carter did not have any pepper spray.

The dashboard camera didn’t function properly, but the audio was recorded from the incident.

Authorities continue investigating the shooting.

Redus, who grew up in the Houston suburb of Baytown, was expected to graduate from the university in May.

 

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