May 8th, 2014
12:23 PM ET

Mother of Slain Student: "There's No Denying the Malice"

It's not easy for Valerie Redus to be in the place where her son Cameron was shot and killed by a University of the Incarnate Word police officer.

Five months ago, the 23-year-old was within walking distance of his own apartment off campus when he was stopped for suspicion of drunk driving.

The situation escalated to the point where Cpl. Christopher Carter used deadly force.

"When we come to San Antonio, we usually pass by the street," Redus said. "And I look, and I think, gosh, it happened right there."

Cameron Redus was shot five times. Notably, at a downward angle through the face, and once through the back.

Cpl. Carter claims Redus became combative, ignoring 56 commands to stop resisting arrest.

An autopsy report indicates Redus was intoxicated, and had a trace of marijuana in his system.

All the more reason his mother doubts her son was that much of a threat.

"I'm really angry," she said. "Those downward angles, they say it all. There's no denying, there's no denying the malice."

The Redus family filed a civil lawsuit against Cpl. Carter and the University of the Incarnate Word for the wrongful death of their son.

It states the officer lacked adequate training and that the area was out of his jurisdiction since the shooting happened off-campus.

The officer remains on leave and the university defended its position, saying in a statement: "Our initial review supports our belief that a court of law is the appropriate venue for experts to testify about the events that ended in the death of Cameron Redus."

Meanwhile, prosecutors are still examining the criminal investigation into the officer's actions.

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  1. Terri Mullins

    Still think about him everyday. This is graduation weekend. He should have been there. So sorry this happened to him.

    May 10, 2014 at 2:21 pm | Reply

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