SAN ANTONIO – A former high school valedictorian from Baytown was shot to death early Friday by a University of the Incarnate Word police officer.
Investigators said UIW student Robert Cameron Redus, 23, was shot during a routine traffic stop around 2:30 a.m.
"The UIW police officer made a traffic stop of a vehicle travelling erratically and of a high rate of speed on Broadway," said an Alamo Heights police officer.
According to investigators, some sort of struggle ensued between the officer and Redus. The officer opened fire and fatally shot Redus outside of the Treehouse Apartments.
It happened just a few blocks away from the campus, according to the Alamo Heights Police Department.
Friends back in Baytown were shocked to hear the news.
"He was so kind. He’s not an aggressive person at all," said Sara Davis. "The story doesn’t really make sense to any of us."
"He was an honor student, dean’s list every semester, incredibly intelligent," said Annie Jones. "So, so, so smart. He was our co-valedictorian in high school."
Redus was a graduate of Baytown Christian Academy where his mom teaches now.
"She was devastated. She had a hard time articulating how she was feeling," said Randy Piatt with Senior Memorial Baptist Church.
Neighbors say all four Redus boys were very involved in the community.
"All the kids, Robert, I saw them all grow up," said Olga Estrada. "They’re great, great kids and great neighbors."
They want to know how this could happen to someone like Robert.
"We’re mostly just angry and want answers at this point," Jones said. "The only solace that I can find is I’ll see him again one day. I know where he is. That’s the really the only solace I can find right now."
The Texas Rangers have joined Alamo Heights police in the investigation.