Texas Student's Last Words: 'Oh, You're Gonna Shoot Me?'

University police officer kills student, saying he resisted arrest

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 9, 2013 2:45 PM CST

(Newser) – A student at a Christian university was shot dead on Friday for allegedly resisting arrest, but fellow students are struggling to believe the official story, CNN reports. It goes like this: Robert Redus, a student at the University of the Incarnate Word in Alamo Heights, was "driving erratically at a high rate of speed" near campus. When police officer Christopher Carter confronted him in an apartment complex, the student resisted arrest, grabbed his baton, and "used it to hit the officer," according to the university. Carter pulled his gun and knocked the baton away, but when Redus kept resisting arrest, "shots were fired."

Carter's police vehicle didn't have the usual dashboard camera because his car was new, and the camera had fallen off when a temperature change stopped the glue from setting, the university said. But Redus' friends say he was unlikely to attack anyone—a fun-loving co-valedictorian at a Christian high school, he was "the sweetest, kindest gentlest person," a friend said. A neighbor told the San Antonio Express-News he heard the struggle downstairs, with one man telling the other to stop resisting. "Then the cop said, 'I'm going to shoot,'" the neighbor said, and a man replied, "'Oh, you're gonna shoot me?' like sarcastic almost." Then shots were fired. Carter is on administrative leave while police investigate.

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