Texas Tech freshman student in custody in shooting of police officer


Students at Texas Tech University say they feel pain and shock after one of the school's police officers was fatally shot Monday night, but they're being comforted by the unity and support. The student then pulled out a gun and shot the officer in the head before fleeing the station on foot.

Officers arrested Daniels, a communications studies major, and took him to the police station for "standard debriefing", according to a university statement.

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. Greg Abbott in 2015, states that applicants for a concealed carry permit must be at least 21 years old and have no felony convictions.

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A university spokesman tells NPR that campus police were dispatched to the room of Hollis Daniels III, 19, to check on him, after his suitemates contacted the university with concerns about his welfare.

Bonath said that Texas Tech police received a report of a possibly armed student acting erratically, and sent two officers to Daniels' dorm room. When he returned, he found East mortally wounded and Daniels gone.

According to an affidavit released Tuesday, Daniels was not handcuffed while East was completing paperwork in the briefing room.

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In the year or so since Texas first allowed guns on campus, many university officials across the state have said that the law has not caused any problems.

Daniels' records posted online by the Lubbock County Jail did not list an attorney. Police saying he has officially been charged with capital murder of a peace officer. According to the university, they were there to perform a welfare check on a student.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family", Bonath said.

He said that he had been arrested and taken to the police department, where he did "something illogical". The suspect was later apprehended near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.

Texas Tech officials initially issued a lockdown alert to students on social media, urging those on campus "to take shelter in a safe location".

Additional information was not immediately available.