A lawsuit filed by the Redus family against the University of Incarnate Word and Cpl. Christopher Carter claims both are responsible for the wrongful death of UIW student Cameron Redus in December. The lawsuit also claims the university acted with gross negligence and Carter acted with negligence.
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. Cameron Redus died at the scene.
When asked why the family filed a wrongful death lawsuit Cameron's mother, Valerie said:
Because it's been five months yesterday, yesterday was the 6th. We've been trying to meet with them and come to an agreement and its like it hasn't worked out.
Carter told investigators Cameron Redus became combative after pulling over and he was forced to shoot him five times at close range following a six-minute physical confrontation.
The lawsuit details the fact that neither Carter nor Cameron Redus were on the UIW campus at any time during the events leading to Cameron's death. The lawsuit also states that the events were not consistent with the duties Carter was assigned by UIW.
In any job, whether it s a teacher or a banker, or a police officer, there is going to be some bad apples in the bunch, okay. I think in any job there should always be an accountability, Valerie Redus said.
Carter did not attempt to stop Cameron Redus on Broadway, according to the lawsuit.
In terms of negligence, the lawsuit says:
Cameron Redus would be alive if UIW had adequately trained and supervised defendant Carter. UIW had notice that Carter lacked knowledge of the standards and requirements for his work and that he posed a risk or danger to others, yet failed to take steps to limit these risks.
The lawsuit goes on to claim that the University directly or indirectly approved the Carter's conduct.
While the lawsuit does not specify a monetary amount it does ask for damages for physical pain and suffering and Conscious mental anguish before Cameron Redus' death as well as funeral and burial expenses.
Whether you're washing dishes or driving down the road, you're doing menial tasks, you're trying to concentrate on doing something really important. you cannot get away, you cannot get away from your son being brutally killed. Valerie Redus said Hewas excited about being able to have his own business after graduation and do some traveling and do some filming while he traveled. We re heartbroken, we re heartbroken.
Late Wednesday, UIW Chancellor Denise Doyle issued the following written response:
The University of the Incarnate Word and Cpl. Christopher Carter were served notice of a pending civil lawsuit late yesterday by the lawyers representing the parents of deceased UIW student Robert Cameron Redus. While the University does not seek any conflict with the Redus family, we welcome the opportunity that the lawsuit will provide to defend the efforts we make to educate and protect our students.
We are still reviewing the details of the lawsuit, but our initial review supports our belief that a court of law is the appropriate venue for experts to testify about the events that ended in the death of Cameron Redus. By the time the lawsuit is heard in court, the investigations that have been conducted by the Alamo Heights Police Department, the Texas Rangers and the District Attorney s office will be made public. Anticipating litigation in this matter, we hope now that the lawsuit will bring together all of the critical pieces of information that will shed light on this tragic episode.
At this time, we are focusing on our commencement ceremonies scheduled for this weekend where we will honor all of our 2014 graduates including Cameron Redus.