A witness says he heard the sarcastic final words of a Texas student moments before he was shot dead by a college police officer.
Robert Cameron Redus, 23, was killed when Corporal Chris Carter, 35, opened fire on him in the early hours of Friday morning a few blocks away from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio where Redus studied, set to graduate in May.
Neighbour Mohammad Haidaras told My San Antonio that he heard a tense exchange between Redus and Carter sixty seconds before shots rang out.
He told the website: ‘I heard (a man) say, ‘Oh, you’re gonna shoot me?’ like sarcastic almost.’
The 22-year-old claims he heard gunshots less than a minute later and jumped into his closet.
Investigators say an altercation began when Carter tried to pull Redus over for speeding and driving erratically.
Lieutenant Cindy Pruitt of the Alamo Heights Police Department told KSAT that the incident occurred about 2am in the parking lot of the Tree House apartments in the 100 block of Grandview Place off Broadway, where Redus was a resident.
Redus, known to friends by his second name Cameron, had spent the evening celebrating the end of semester with classmates.
According to Pruitt, Carter tried to pull him over on Broadway for driving erratically, despite the fact that Redus was off-campus.
It is not clear where Carter first tried to pull Redus over, but both vehicles drove north on Broadway until they pulled into the parking lot of the Treehouse Apartments.
Once there, both got out of their cars and some kind of struggle ensued. Pruitt told My San Antonio that Carter radioed for help shortly before Redus was shot.
A witness who lives in the Treehouse Apartments described hearing ‘five or six’ gunshots, but no verbal warnings.
‘I didn’t hear him say anything like, “Get down on your hands and knees,” you know? I didn’t hear him say anything. He just started shooting,’ the man told KSAT.
‘He emptied the gun on him,’ he said. ‘Boom, boom, boom.’