Texas Tech freshman student in custody in shooting of police officer

TTU students writing handwritten cards for Officer East

The Texas Tech student accused of murdering a campus officer has confessed to the crime, reportedly telling authorities he "f***ed up".

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Texas Tech football paid tribute to a university police officer who died this week. Texas Tech spokesman Chris Cook said that Talkington Hall, where Daniels lived, was one of the four dorms where campus carry is permitted, although gun owners are required to register their firearms with the university, which Daniels didn't do. The university staff says police visited Daniels earlier in the day and took him to the school's police station after finding drugs.

After the two responding officers allegedly found the drugs and paraphernalia, Daniels was taken to the police station for questioning.

But what could have been a drug charge took a fatal turn in this West Texas city. I have spoken to Chancellor Robert Duncan to offer my condolences, and I have mobilized the Texas Department of Public Safety to offer any assistance to the Lubbock Police Department. A police corporal in the room said in the affidavit that he saw Daniels standing without handcuffs next to East, who was using a computer to complete paperwork stemming from the arrest.

After a search that lasted almost two hours Daniels was arrested on campus near City Bank Coliseum. There, Daniels was left alone with an officer in a room. East, 48, joined the department as a guard at the El Paso office in 2015 and became an officer in May.

Daniels pulled a gun at the police station, shot East in the head and fled on foot before being caught, officials said. They tackled him and took him into custody.

Detectives say that in an interview, Daniels told them, "I [messed] up".

"He was a great guy", Tech Police Sgt. Amy Ivey said.

Daniels, who is from the San Antonio suburb of Seguin, is charged with capital murder of a peace officer and is being held in the Lubbock County jail on a $5 million bond. The police report only states Daniels was arrested for possession of a controlled substance following a student welfare check. Records show Daniels was previously arrested in September 2016 while at Tech for possessing less than two ounces of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

On October 9, 2017 Hollis Daniels was arrested by Texas Tech Police Department Officer XXXXX XXXX for possession of a control substance.

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