UIW Campus Cop Confronted Female Student Inside Dorm

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UIW's Joeris Hall. Courtesy photo.

UIW's Joeris Hall. Courtesy photo.

University of the Incarnate World sophomore and varsity soccer player Julia Wilson was asleep in her Joeris Hall dorm room when loud voices and knocking at her door awakened her after midnight on Oct. 12, 2013. Wilson had fallen into a deep sleep around 8:30 p.m. after returning to campus on the team bus after an away game in Corpus Christi earlier that day.

“I was sound asleep and heard all this noise outside my door, and I was still not awake, really, when I head ‘Police!’ and ‘We’re going to key in’ as I got up to answer the door,” Wilson, then 19, said in an interview.

Wearing  her “athlete’s PJs” of shorts and t-shirt, Wilson was moving to open her door when a female resident aide used a master key to open it at the direction of UIW police officer Christopher Carter, whose incident report showed the time as 12:23 a.m. Carter did not invite Wilson to get dressed or advise her that she didn’t have to submit to his middle of the night dorm room questioning.

UIW police officer Christopher Carter

UIW police officer Christopher Carter

Instead Carter began aggressively prodding Wilson about her whereabouts and her vehicle’s whereabouts the previous day and night without telling her why he was there. Wilson said she stood at her dorm room door, struggling to awaken from a deep sleep and understand the nature of Carter’s “aggressive questioning” while the campus officer stood in the doorway, his line of questioning inferring she was in serious trouble.

As the questioning continued, Wilson learned Carter was investigating a reported hit and run on a parked vehicle in a nearby campus garage. A parked truck there had sustained $2,000 damage. After photographing the vehicle around 11:45 p.m. Carter had then examined vehicles parked in and near the garage and apparently discovered a dent on Wilson’s vehicle, parked outside at a different campus location. He ran the plate and asked the Joeris Hall RAs to direct him to the owner’s dorm room.

Other UIW police investigators would later note in a written report and in conversations with Wilson that the year-old dent on her truck was minor and obviously unrelated to the parking garage incident where the truck in question suffered about $2,000 in damage.

“It was obvious he was convinced it was me,” Wilson said last week in a telephone interview from her family’s home in Cypress, a Houston suburb. “He was rude and aggressive, I would even say intimidating, and I felt like he was going to prove it whether I did it or not.”

Carter left Wilson and the RA waiting in her dorm while he left to check Wilson’s ID.

“I was in tears by then and so upset I couldn’t really answer any more questions,” Wilson said. “The female RA said she was there to make sure he didn’t write (a report) to make me look guilty. She told me, ‘We know you didn’t do it.’ ”

Carter returned to say he had inspected her truck parked on a nearby hill and noted some minor damage and ” he asked me where I had been all day, and he asked me again if I had done it.” Julia told Carter her Ford F-250 truck, outfitted with a lift package, was too big to be parked in the garage and thus couldn’t have been the truck involved in the incident. Like always, she noted, her truck that night was parked outdoors on campus. Carter continued to press her. He finally left around 2 a.m., she said.

Julia promptly texted her mother, Dorothy Wilson, to tell her about the episode. The next morning Dorothy called the university to complain of Carter’s middle of the night appearance at her daughter’s dorm room and his aggressive conduct, despite the fact he lacked any evidence linking her daughter to the hit and run.

UIW Chief of Police Jacob Colunga

Former UIW Chief of Police Jacob Colunga

The incident was first reported by KENS5-TV last week. This story is based on the same UIW incident report and the first interviews with Julia Wilson and her mother, Dorothy Wilson.

“The investigator told me he (Carter) shouldn’t have done that and it wasn’t his job,” Julia said. “There is an investigator on campus and that’s his job.”

Julia said the campus investigator also issued an ominous warning, given subsequent events: “He also told me, ‘We know you didn’t do it. It’s obvious to anyone who looks at the two vehicles, but Carter still thinks you did it and still thinks you’re guilty, so stay away from him.'”

Two months later, on Dec. 6, again in the very early morning hours, Carter fatally shot UIW student Cameron Redus after following him to his off-campus apartment more than one mile from the school. Carter, on duty and returning to campus from a 1 a.m. lunch run to  a nearby off-campus Whataburger, was later defended by UIW officials and Alamo Heights police for exercising his duties as a sworn peace officer in pursuing Redus, who he said was driving erratically and apparently under the influence on Broadway.

Carter did not know a UIW student was behind the wheel, yet he followed him the length of the Alamo Heights commercial district without turning on his overhead lights until Redus turned into the off-Broadway apartment complex. An autopsy report confirmed that Redus was intoxicated and had a trace of marijuana in his system.

Carter attempted to arrest Redus after he parked his vehicle and headed toward his nearby apartment. Redus resisted being handcuffed,  Carter said, and a confrontation ensued in which the two men wrestled over control of Carter’s baton. Carter lost, then regained control of the baton, in his version of events, but still feared a charging Redus. After Redus ignored repeated warnings to stop resisting arrest and fighting him, Carter said, he shot the unarmed honors student five times, later saying he feared for his life although he was unhurt in the incident.

University of the Incarnate Word. Photo by Iris Dimmick.

The University of the Incarnate Word. Photo by Iris Dimmick.

Carter said Redus was charging him with an upraised fist when he fired five times, but an autopsy conducted by the Bexar County Medical Examiner, released three months after the incident, revealed that Carter shot Redus once in the back and once in the left eye, with the bullet exiting 9″ lower through the student’s neck, an angle that suggested Carter was standing above the victim. Both point-blank shots would have been fatal, the coroner ruled, and left telltale powder burn marks. Carter’s police vehicle was not equipped with a functioning, standard issue video camera, so there is no video record to confirm or contradict his version of events. An audio recording has not been released.

Six months later, District Attorney Susan Reed has yet to speak publicly about the case or indicate whether a grand jury is considering the evidence gathered in a joint investigation by the Alamo Heights police and the Texas Rangers. Even before the investigation began, however, Alamo Heights Police Chief Rick Pruitt defended Carter’s actions at a press conference and seemed to accept at face value his version of events. The Redus family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against UIW, and the university has responded with a defense of Carter, asserting that his pursuit and fatal shooting of Redus was justifiable.

Julia’s mother, Dorothy, was shaken when her daughter told her Redus was killed by the same campus police officer who had appeared at her dorm in the middle of the night. After watching the Redus parents publicly mourn the loss of their son, she decided to contact them.

“It would have been easier to say nothing, but this was the right thing to do,” Dorothy said. “I feel so badly for them, they seem such godly and gentle people. I’ve never heard them sound like they’re coming from a place of hate, more like they want to make sure that nobody else ever has to go through this again.”

Told that at least one of UIW’s senior administrators has spoken of Carter possibly returning to campus duties in an administrative position with the case still pending, Wilson said, “I would feel very uncomfortable with that situation, especially knowing that our daughter has spoken about the incident now. I worry about it.”

Daughter Julia, who will be a 20-year-old junior next semester, agreed: “I can tell you nobody would be comfortable with that on campus.” After a pause, she added, “I love Incarnate Word. I love San Antonio. Other than the incident with Carter, the police have been nice to me.”

Julia said she had a very different kind of experience with campus police involving her truck after she once parked illegally near the campus natatorium where she worked as a lifeguard.

“The police chief came into the natatorium where I was working and very nicely told me I ought to move my truck,” she said.

Why the UIW administration has continued to support Carter in the face of such troubling evidence remains a mystery to many on campus. Students have been vocal at campus meetings, in social media postings and in response to media coverage of the shooting and the university’s subsequent actions, and faculty members and some administrators have privately expressed misgivings. UIW President Lou Agnese was out of the country on a lengthy sabbatical, but is back at work now. Tuesday he participated in a public announcement of UIW’s plans to locate a new medical school at Brooks City Base. UIW officials and Carter are no longer commenting on the case.

Carter was an itinerant cop when he joined the UIW police force several years ago, having held nine different jobs in area law enforcement organizations in nearly as many years. The UTSA police department declined to interview Carter for a job after he applied there, according to one university source.

The Redus family and Wilson family agreed to discuss the events that brought them together with the Rivard Report, with both families expressing hope that there will be no further incidents between students and Carter. Had UIW officials acted in the wake of the incident with Julia Wilson, the Redus family believes, their own son’s tragic killing might have been averted.

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29 thoughts on “UIW Campus Cop Confronted Female Student Inside Dorm

  1. Wow. I hadn’t heard about this incident. This situation alone would have made me concerned about his aggressiveness, but when you factor in the death of Cameron and the autopsy report his behavior is nothing short of scary. I hope that any other students that have had incidents with Carter come forward so that maybe UIW will open their eyes. I am not sure how much evidence the university needs to end their relationship with Carter. This entire situation is extremely disheartening.

  2. The family is partially correct. Carter may not have interacted with Reddus. Instead, it may have been another officer from a different agency. How about don’t drink and drive and speed and disobey directions. This is not baseball, you are not safe if you make it home. Irresponsible young adult and questionable officer.

    • Once the driver got out of the car and was no longer driving under the influence the police officer should have let him go. He had blocks and blocks to flash those lights and choose not to.

    • “How about don’t drink and drive and speed and disobey directions. . . ” what makes you think this actually happened? Because a security guard who went off campus, chased someone down and killed someone said it did?

      While I admit that the security guards story is possible,, you have to be pretty damn gullible to believe what he says without evidence.

  3. If this were a public school the media would be a frenzy right now because of the obligation public entities have to report their practices. UIW in being a private school has not only been protected legally but also proactively redefined the role a private school has providing public law enforcement and it’s transparency protected by federal and local laws.

  4. Leo Torrez, DWI is not a capital offense. Given that the evidence of the wounds makes it pretty clear that Carter’s story isn’t true, maybe it’s time to stop placing the blame on the person who is dead.

  5. Realistically, and hypothetically, even if this individual is cleared of all wrong doings, he needs to be permanently removed from UIW. Plain and simple. Officer Carter is a liability. Dr. Agnese would rather hide behind his lawyers, than step up, and do the right thing. I’ve met him several times, and he has always appeared kind and gracious. I just don’t understand this insane debacle. Leaders should always lead from the front.

  6. Frankly the situation was a ‘perfect storm’ if you will. Mr. Redus was proven to be intoxicated and probably somewhat high too according to the toxicology report. Officer Carter, while still within his jurisdiction as a Texas peace officer, likely did not follow exact protocol to the letter that night when attempting to detain Mr. Redus according to the audio recording. When they got into a confrontation, both of them were setting a dangerous precedent and each handled themselves poorly. The blame and responsibility should be shared equally between the two because Mr. Redus probably showed aggression while intoxicated/high and Officer Carter was unreasonably quick to feel as if he was in danger. It is understandable for people to hold Officer Carter accountable since he is alive while Mr. Redus is not. If both parties were here, then I think the discussions would be different and there might be equal responsibility shared for this incident. But Mr. Redus is not coming back and so Officer Carter will need to be held accountable for this incident. He should step aside because, at present, he is a liability for UIW and the university will not be able to guarantee public safety on their campus because people do not trust them as long as Officer Carter is still on the force.

    • In my opinion, a psychiatric evaluation would be in the best interest of both the public and Officer Carter. No one wishes to exact revenge. Yet I sometimes wonder what impact this has had on Officer Carter. I am certain Officer Carter is grieving as much as everyone else. Unfortunately, consequences are sometimes necessary. May God guide and bless us all.

  7. Thank you for writing this report. I have the feeling that all efforts are being made to keep quiet about this story and to protect Carter. UIW is on the wrong side of these actions. I hope the Redus family files its civil suit just for the purpose of NOT letting the topic die.

  8. I can’t express enough how appreciative I am for the continued coverage of this case. Regardless of your position, the Redus family along with UIW students deserve to know all the details and circumstances. Cameron is dearly missed.

  9. “The investigator told me he (Carter) shouldn’t have done that and it wasn’t his job,” Julia said. “There is an investigator on campus and that’s his job.”

    Julia said the campus investigator also issued an ominous warning, given subsequent events: “He also told me, ‘We know you didn’t do it. It’s obvious to anyone who looks at the two vehicles, but Carter still thinks you did it and still thinks you’re guilty, so stay away from him.’”

    How exactly are students supposed to “stay away from him” when evidently officer Carter cannot be avoided even by a student asleep in their own dorm room at midnight? Should the university have a person on salary in any capacity whom the “campus investigator” believes should be avoided by students? Is “avoiding officer Carter” now to be a routine part of incoming student orientation at UIW?

    What is it going to take for President Agnese to realize that Carter is a liability and needs to be fired? Faculty, students and parents no longer have confidence in Carter’s judgement and indeed fear him. Without the confidence of the members of the university community, officer Carter can no longer feasibly execute his assigned duties. Carter is apparently unclear on even knowing the limited scope of his responsibilities. He has, at the very least, become a public relations liability for the administration.

    If it is fear of a law suit that is inhibiting President Agnese from taking appropriate action to dismiss officer Carter, I will personally contribute the university’s legal defense fund if litigation ensues. I’ll wager Robert Rivard and many others will join suit in contributing to defending an administration from frivolous litigation for doing the right thing. It is past time for Carter to be exiled from the UIW campus and time for Pres. Agnese to exhibit some courage to defend his students and his institution from a dangerously incompetent rogue cop who is a continuing embarrassment.

  10. The truth is out there, and more will be discovered, and the one common factor that points to the most grievous fault is Carter. It’s not an easy vocation and it may result in serious bodily injury or death. Carter felt he needed to shoot and defend himself to protect his life. He has a right to do that, as we all do. Problem is, he does not care enough about his own life to take care of his health and be physically fit for duty. I question his mental status as well, but I’m not a doctor.
    I am a 20 year peace officer who realizes just how important the readiness factor is to the task of being an Officer. Over the years I have let myself go, and I try to work smarter not harder, so I instruct the rookies and I supervise. This incident actually touched my family as I am related to Cameron, whom is known lovingly as Possum. Rest in peace young man, and know your life has changed lives and I will strive to become healthier to live longer so that I may possibly make a difference in the behavior of future Officers. God Bless you Possum.

  11. I can’t believe the amount of people blaming the victim that was shot almost execution style FIVE times… I will no longer support the university.

  12. Carter is obviously a psychotic, power hungry lunatic!! Why in the hell are some people not coming to this obvious conclusion?! He acts in a very volatile, unstable, and incredibly impulsive manner! I’m sick of hearing about this nutcase! Get rid of him!

  13. This incident illustrates several very important points. First of all it illustrates a need to respect authority. Secondly, it also illustrates the necessity of responsible and compassionate law enforcement. Law enforcement is a difficult business. Many times it is very stressful. In addition it can be disappointing and disillusioning. As such it obligates both the individual, the public, and the government to be continually alert in order to prevent tragedy. while we need law enforcement to protect the public, we sometimes need the public to effectively protect themselves. Lastly in my opinion fear is probably the most dangerous emotion in the human psyche. Fear can rapidly mutate into hysteria and many other uncontrollable emotions.

  14. So if this guy was in nine different law enforcement positions, was there nothing during the screening, interview, or service record that raised any red flags? I am assuming here that U of I had in place thorough vetting guidelines.

    Being unfamiliar with cases, the only thing that comes to mind is Carter was willing to work cheap. That, or cronyism/nepotism. What I am asking is, how did that man attain that position, at that place?

  15. A police officer who has worked 9 years, “feared for his life” from an intoxinated young adult on university campus? Please, this is total bull. As any type of police officer, I would expect them to be trained to handle these types of situations in a professional and stable manner. Being confronted, “battling” over his guard stick, does not give justice to shooting someone 5 times because of your badge. I believe this, along with the situation with Wilson, indicates Carter abusing his power. I am a UTSA student, so local incidents like these are very upsetting, and UIW is not doing good by keeping him in my opinion.

  16. Carter showed his colors with the young lady. He is a person who likes to have power and likes to use it to shove others around. He probably feels resentment towards the students at the college since they’re much better educated than he is and feels being a ‘cop’ gives him a chance to show that he has more power than them–the only time in his life he’ll have it.

  17. Why does everyone assume she did nothing? She must have done something to bring the officer to her dorm room at that time of night. Why are we automatically assuming she’s innocent until proven guilty?

    Because she’s white.

    If this happened to a black male, would you guys feel the same? Would there be all these supportive comments? I hate to bait, but THINK of the larger picture, people! The cops are out of control!

    Now, you know this “officer” must be a lunatic if he’s gunning down and harassing white kids. He’s gotta go!

  18. Tiggy you’re a moron, and a BIG PART of the racial bs. It doesn’t matter if they were GREEN or PURPLE, you don’t shoot an unarmed PERSON! Period! That fat f%/÷ security guard is a MENACE and SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED!!! And students should transfer from that bs univ ASAP, because they obviously have no idea how to hire a security guard that will protect the students!!!

  19. Thought-provoking analysis , I learned a lot from the specifics ! Does someone know where my assistant could get ahold of a fillable SSA-821-BK document to use ?

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