Autopsy of Cameron Redus reveals new details. KENS
SANANTONIO -- An autopsy report released to the I-Team Thursday indicates a University of the Incarnate Word student shot and killed in December likely died from a gunshot wound to this back.
Cameron Redus, 23, was shot five times at close range by UIW Corporal Christopher Carter, following a traffic stop a few blocks north of campus December 6.
Redus died at the scene.
The autopsy, performed by the Bexar County Medical Examiner December 7, shows Redus was shot in the left eye, the upper chest, the back, the left elbow and the right hip.
The report indicates the wounds are numbered for identification purposes only and do not necessarily represent the sequence of when they occurred.
The medical examiner did note the bullet that entered Redus' back ended up lodged in the sac surrounding his heart, and was the most immediately lethal .
The bullet entered the back, severed Redus' spinal cord and struck a major blood vessel in his chest as well as his heart, according to the Bexar County Medical Examiner.
The report also indicates the gunshot wound to the eye could have been lethal.
Separate from the gunshot wounds, the medical examiner also discovered a band of contusions on Redus' neck.
A medical expert said the contusions could have resulted from being thrown to the ground or bruising caused by a nearby gunshot wound.
An attached toxicology reports indicates Redus' blood alcohol content was .155, nearly twice the legal limit to drive a motor vehicle in Texas.
A separate alcohol content test conducted using vitreous fluid from Redus' eye showed the level to be higher, .186.
Redus also tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol, the active component of marijuana, but the report indicates it was a trace amount.
Redus Family Response to the Release of Cameron Redus s Autopsy and Toxicology
We would again like to express our appreciation for the love, support and interest in Cameron s life and death. It s difficult to express the comfort that we have found as a result of that ongoing kindness and concern.
We are devastated by information contained in the Bexar County Medical Examiner s Report. While the locations of the five shots that struck and killed Cameron were made public shortly after his slaying, the autopsy contained new details. We are stunned to learn that Cameron was shot in the back from very close range. The report also shows that the shot to his eye was delivered at a downward angle, again from very close range. That knowledge coupled with information from the earlier police report indicating that Cameron died on his back with his legs underneath him has left us heartbroken and shaken to the core.
The information in the toxicology report indicates that Cameron made some poor choices on the night prior to his death, including consuming alcohol in excess. He apparently operated his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The Redus family does not condone his actions and is disappointed that Cameron made these choices. We are thankful that Cameron arrived safely at his apartment and legally and properly parked his vehicle without harming anyone. He had exited his vehicle and was walking to his home when the encounter began. He posed no risk to public safety risk at that point.
We are confident that had this encounter taken place on a public roadway and during a routine traffic stop that Cameron s alleged response and the ultimate outcome of this event would have been different. Cameron s family also agrees with the opinion expressed by law enforcement officials that the outcome would have been different had a backup officer been on the scene.
One aspect of God s saving grace is that we are not defined by our mistakes. Cameron s mistakes do not negate the amazing and productive life he lived nor the loving, encouraging and compassionate person that he was. While mistakes do bear consequences, the extreme and brutal results of Cameron s encounter with Officer Carter far exceed the magnitude of his mistakes.
We continue to wait on justice to be done and we maintain our faith and trust in God s amazing love, of which many of you have been the agents.
Sincerely and lovingly,
Mickey and Valerie Redus and sons