Texas Tech Officer Fatally Shot, Student Arrested

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10 October 2017 | 11:39 am

A Texas Tech University police officer was fatally shot Monday, prompting a lockdown that ended with the suspected gunman’s arrest later in the evening.

The incident began at about 8 p.m. when campus officers, performing a student “welfare check,” entered the suspect’s room and found drugs and drug paraphernalia. Officers brought the student to the station for a standard debriefing, school spokesman Chris Cook said.

At the campus police station, the student pulled out a gun and shot an officer in the head, killing him, according to Cook.

The deceased officer has not been identified.

“The family of the officer is in the thoughts and prayers of the Texas Tech community,” Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said in a statement. 

The suspected gunman, identified as 19-year-old Hollis Daniels, ran from the police station, prompting a campus-wide lockdown. He was apprehended by campus police at about 9:30 p.m., and the lockdown was lifted shortly after.

Daniels was held on a charge of capital murder shortly before 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. It wasn’t immediately clear if Daniels was represented by an attorney.

“Our hearts go out to the family of the police officer killed at Texas Tech University,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement late Monday. “I have spoken to Chancellor Robert Duncan to offer my condolences… As the Texas Tech campus deals with this heartbreaking tragedy, Cecilia and I pray for the continued safety of the students and the entire community.”

The school said classes would resume as scheduled Tuesday.

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“Words can’t express how saddened I am by the tragic loss of one of our Texas Tech University police officers tonight,” said Duncan, who offered his “thoughts and prayers to the officer’s family and the Texas Tech University Police Department.”

The chancellor continued: “Our Texas Tech family is strong and will support each other as we grieve.”

Attorney General Ken Paxton released the following statement Tuesday:

“Texans are shocked and saddened by the senseless murder of a courageous Texas Tech University police officer. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with this officer’s family and the Texas Tech community today and in the days ahead. I will be in Lubbock today meeting with law enforcement officials and Texas Tech administrators to offer the entire support of this agency to the university and their police department. Please join Angela and me as we pray for all those impacted by this tragedy.”

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Published at 8:59 PM CDT on Oct 9, 2017 | Updated 2 hours ago

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