Campus Cops Were Told Student May Have Weapon

Students put their guns up during moment of silence for Officer Floyd East

Police apprehended a student accused of fatally shooting a Texas Tech University police officer at the campus police station Monday night.

The Lubbock Police Department will hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m. Thursday regarding the shooting death of Texas Tech Police Officer Floyd East Jr.

"University officials say Texas Tech police made a welfare check on 19-year-old Hollis Daniels earlier in the day, when they discovered evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia. We have a lot of families that are from the West Texas area which isolates us from the rest of the state, so the law enforcement and community as a whole feels the pain of their suffering and our prayers and thoughts are with their families", said Lieutenant Alfredo Grimaldo, Midland Police Department. There, Daniels was left alone with an officer in a room. Authorities have said Daniels wasn't handcuffed at the time.

Daniels then led officers on a pursuit across campus, according to Bonath.

Daniels was eventually spotted near the school's Jones AT&T Stadium about an hour after escaping custody. According to police sources, they say that after he shot the officer he removed the body cam before fleeing the scene.

The Texas student accused of shooting a campus police officer while in custody had been pulled over in his auto - hours before he allegedly murdered his victim - over claims he had a stolen gun and making terrorist threats, according to reports.

A GoFundMe account for Floyd East's wife and children was also established on Tuesday, and donations can be given HERE.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott echoed the sentiments, saying "hearts go out to the family of the police officer killed".

Daniels' records posted online by the Lubbock County Jail did not list an attorney.

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