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Officer who killed UIW student applying for local law enforcement jobs

Bexar County human resources records show former UIW Corporal Chris Carter has applied for 25 different positions since May, a majority of them with county law enforcement or court divisions
Former UIW Cpl. Chris Carter

SAN ANTONIO -- A former University of the Incarnate Word Police officer involved in a fatal shooting off campus is attempting to get back into law enforcement, according to application records obtained by the I-Team this week.

Bexar County human resources records show former UIW Corporal Chris Carter has applied for 25 different positions since May, a majority of them with county law enforcement or court divisions.

A city application record shows Carter applied for a San Antonio Police Department dispatcher position in April, less than three weeks after a Bexar County grand jury cleared him of wrongdoing in the December 2013 shooting death of Cameron Redus.

Sources say city employees conducted a reference check on Carter as recently as this week, but he is unlikely to get the job.

The city confirmed that information late Thursday evening in a written statement:

Mr. Carter was not selected for the civilian dispatcher position with the San Antonio Police Department. Mr. Carter may apply for any available positions with the Police Department, but like any applicant, would need to meet all of the minimum requirements to be considered for the position.

Dispatchers are considered non-uniform civilian employees.

A Bexar County spokeswoman said as of Tuesday, Carter was not in the county's employment system.

Between May 10 and July 13, Carter applied for county jobs ranging from Bexar County jailer to court security officer. Carter also applied for several non-law enforcement positions with the county's community resources department.

Audio recordings of the fatal shooting revealed Carter radioed in an incorrect address shortly after pulling over Redus, who was unarmed but combative after Carter attempted to arrest him for drunk driving.

Investigators have previously said the dispatch error caused SAPD officers to respond to east San Antonio and left Carter without backup during a 13-minute confrontation with Redus.

Carter resigned from UIW's police department in December 2014, but remains a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Redus.

The lawsuit, which claims Carter was poorly trained and was negligent during the shooting of Redus, seeks up to $26 million in damages.

The Fourth Court of Appeals is scheduled next month to hear a motion from UIW to dismiss the lawsuit.

Prior to Carter's resignation, UIW administrators said he would hold an administrative-only position if he ever returned to active duty.

In a resume given to the county, Carter described his reason for leaving UIW as a "critical incident" which he would prefer to discuss in person.

A Redus family spokesman this week released the following statement:

Every time he relives the night he shot an unarmed Cameron to death, Carter should realize how ill suited he is for any type of law enforcement work.

County records show Carter is also an applicant for the positions of juvenile probation specialist, pretrial bond officer and sheriff's office records and identification supervisor.

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