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Family of Cameron Redus files wrongful death lawsuit against UIW, officer

The family of Cameron Redus filed a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday night against the University of Incarnate Word and Cpl. Christopher Carter in Bexar County.

The family of Cameron Redus filed a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday night against the University of Incarnate Word and Cpl. Christopher Carter in Bexar County.

KENS 5 will interview the family of Cameron Redus Wednesday. The family has asked KENS 5 to wait a day to air the interview and KENS 5 will abide by the family's wishes.

Key points from the lawsuit include:

  • Recovering damages or the mental anguish suffered prior to Redus' death
  • Recovering funeral and burial expanses for Redus
  • Claiming negligence by the university and Carter

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.

Carter said Redus became combative after pulling over and he was forced to shoot him five times at close range following a six-minute physical confrontation.

Investigators have said an audio recording from Carter's lapel microphone backs up the officer's claims.

Investigators have not released that audio to the media.

A report released by the Alamo Heights Police Department indicates a University of the Incarnate Word police officer who shot and killed a UIW student appeared to not know where he was during the incident.

According to the three page report, written by Alamo Heights Police Officer C.D. Lopez, UIW Corporal Chris Carter told a campus dispatcher he was unable to provide an exact location other than the street Preston and that he was behind an unknown bank.

The December 6 call was then handed off to San Antonio Police dispatchers since the only Preston in the San Antonio-area is Preston Avenue, approximately seven miles from Carter's actual location at 100 Grandview Place.

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 .

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.

The UIW Student President Jonathan Guadardo wrote an open letter regarding the death of Cameron Redus.UIW Chancellor Denise Doyle released a statement as wellwhen Gudardo did.