Texas Tech University officer identified, suspect tells police he shot 'their friend'

Officer Floyd East Jr.

UPDATE via The Associated Press (4 p.m.):

Texas Tech University's campus police chief says an officer went to check on the wellbeing of a 19-year-old student because the department received reports that he had been acting erratically and might have "a weapon."

Police Chief Kyle Bonath said Tuesday at a news conference that the student, Hollis Daniels III, later "pulled a gun" and shot the officer, Floyd East Jr., on Monday while being booked on a drug possession charge at the campus police station. Authorities have said Daniels wasn't handcuffed at the time.

Bonath didn't take questions at the news conference, and it's not clear if he meant that Daniels drew a gun he had on him. He also didn't say whether Daniels had been checked for weapons when first arrested on the drug charge.

The chief also said Daniels' family called a campus counseling center to say he may be suicidal and may have a gun, but Bonath didn't specify whether that call happened before or after the shooting.

Daniels is charged with murder.

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The 19-year-old Texas Tech University student accused of killing an officer at campus police headquarters was charged with capital murder of a peace officer. Hollis Daniels is from Seguin and graduated from Seguin High School in 2016.

Police brought Daniels to headquarters to question him about drug paraphernalia found in a room on Monday evening.

At this point, the Associated Press reports Daniels was not handcuffed as Officer Floyd East Jr. began the process of booking Daniels on a drug possession charge. Another officer who had just left the room reported hearing a loud bang. He returned to find East was shot and Daniels was gone. East's body camera was also gone.

He was later captured near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. An affidavit says Daniels told officers he had done "something illogical" and that "he was the one that shot their friend." A campus lockdown that was put in place during the manhunt was lifted a short time later.

Lubbock County Detention Center officials said Daniels is currently in custody.

A Texas Tech University spokesman said classes would resume on Tuesday morning. Support services will be offered to students, faculty and staff.

Information about the officer who died has not yet been released.


Texas student charged with murder in campus officer's death

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A 19-year-old university student in West Texas was charged early Tuesday with capital murder of a peace officer in the fatal shooting of a police officer at the campus police station, where he was being questioned in a drug-related case, authorities said.

According to a Texas Tech University statement, campus police made a student welfare check Monday evening and, upon entering the room, found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Officers then took the suspect to the police station for a standard debriefing and to prepare to take him to the Lubbock County jail, Texas Tech police Chief Kyle Bonath said.

"During this time, the suspect pulled a gun and mortally shot an officer," Bonath said. "The suspect fled on foot and later apprehended by ... (campus police) near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum."

The suspect, identified by the university as Hollis Daniels, was tackled by officers in a parking lot adjacent to the coliseum.

It is not clear if Daniels had the gun on him when he was taken to the police station or if he took the weapon from an officer. Online jail records don't indicate whether he has an attorney to speak on his behalf.

"The family of the officer is in the thoughts and prayers of the Texas Tech community," said Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec. "I want to express my deep appreciation to the Texas Tech Police Department, Lubbock Police Department, Lubbock Sherriff's Office, and other state and federal law enforcement officials for their response."

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also issued a statement about the shooting late Monday, saying "hearts go out to the family of the police officer killed." Abbott also said he had mobilized state law enforcement resources to aid in the investigation.

Texas Tech is a public research university in the city of Lubbock.