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Texas Tech student accused of gunning down campus police officer had been acting erratically

October 11, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Texas Tech student accused of gunning down campus police officer had been acting erratically

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Texas Tech University Police received reports of a student possibly armed acting erratically

KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Texas Tech University officials said police had received reports of a student wielding a weapon before Monday’s fatal shooting death of campus police officer.

Police Chief Kyle Bonath said at a press conference Tuesday that the department had dispatched an officer after receiving reports of a possible armed 19-year-old student acting erratically.

The student, Hollis Daniels III, later brandished a weapon and shot campus police officer, Floyd East Jr., while he was booked at the campus police station on a drug possession charge, The Austin American Statesman reported.

Texas Tech University officials said that the campus police officer found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia during a student welfare check.

Hollis Daniels, (right) was charged with capital murder of campus peace officer Floyd East Jr. at the school’s police headquarters on Monday

Daniels was taken to the police station for standard questioning.

East was completing paperwork in the university police briefing room when Daniels opened fire fatally shooting the officer.

Daniels later fled the scene and was later apprehended near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.

Daniels reportedly told officers: “I’m the one that shot your friend,” and “he “f***** up” and “did something illogical,” according to the arrest report.

Bonath said the student wasn’t handcuffed at the time of the shooting.

Authorities have subsequently charged Daniels with capital murder.

The police chief didn’t take questions during the press conference and didn’t elaborate if Daniels pulled a firearm he had on him or whether he took the weapon from the officer.

It also remains unclear whether Daniels had been patted down for weapons when he was first arrested.

Additionally, Bonath said the student’s family informed a campus counseling center that Daniels may be armed and suicidal but didn’t stipulate whether that call occurred before or after the fatal shooting.

Under Texas state law, Daniels was too young to possess a handgun in the state.

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