Police officer shot and killed on Texas Tech campus Monday night, suspect in custody

LUBBOCK, TX (KLBK) — Lubbock Police and EMS were called to the Texas Tech Police Department Monday evening for the report of a shooting.

Texas Tech issued the following statement just before 9:00 p.m.

Earlier this evening, Texas Tech Police made a student welfare check. Upon entering the room, officers found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Officers brought the suspect to the police station for standard debriefing. During this time, the suspect pulled a gun and shot an officer in the head. The officer is deceased. The suspect fled on foot and is currently still at-large. Texas Tech University campus is on lockdown.

The time of the call was 7:50 p.m., and the address was 413 Flint Avenue.

The following was sent as a Texas Tech Emergency Alert:

This is TTU. A shooting has been reported at the Texas Tech Police Department. At this time, the shooter is still at large. The campus is on lockdown. Take shelter in a safe location. Additional information to come. For more information go to emergency.ttu.edu.  

Police issued that the suspect was in custody around 9:34 p.m.

The university later publicly identified the suspect as Hollis A. Daniels, 19. He has been charged with capital murder.

An arrest warrant provided new details Tuesday morning into the murder of a Texas Tech police officer.  It happened Monday night at the Texas Tech Police Department.

Hollis Alvin Daniels, 19, a freshmen, was arrested for capital murder a little more than 90 minutes after the report of a shooting.

Special Note: We have withheld the name of the officer at this time until officials confirm that next of kin has been notified.

The warrant said:

IN THE NAME AND BY AUTHORITY OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: Before me the undersigned Assistant Criminal District Attorney of Lubbock County, Tx, this day appeared the undersigned affiant, who under oath says that he has good reason to believe and does believe that in Lubbock County, Texas, HOLLIS DANIELS III hereafter styled the Defendant, heretofore on or about the 9th day of October, A.D. 2017, did then and there intentionally or knowingly cause the death of an individual, namely, XXXXX XXXX, by shooting him, and the said XXXXX XXXX was then and there a peace officer who was acting in the lawful discharge of an official duty, to-wit: making an arrest, and the defendant knew XXXXX XXXX was a peace officer;

AGAINST THE PEACE AND DIGNITY OF THE STATE. Sworn to and subscribed before me on October 09, 2017

On October 9, 2017 Hollis Daniels was arrested by Texas Tech Police Department Officer XXXXX XXXX for possession of a control substance. Officer XXXX transported Hollis Daniels to the Texas Tech Police Department where Officer XXXX was completing booking paperwork for Hollis Daniels arrest.

Corporal Tyler Snelson advised Officer XXXX was completing paperwork at the computers in the briefing room.  Corporal Snelson observed Officer XXXX facing the computers while Hollis Daniels was facing in the opposite direction. Officer XXXX and Hollis Daniels were slightly offset from each other. At the time Hollis Daniels was not wearing handcuffs. Corporal Snelson left the briefing room and went to an office nearby.

Shortly after, Corporal Snelson heard a bang from the briefing room. Corporal Snelson went back into the briefing where he saw Officer XXXX with an apparent gunshot wound. Hollis Daniels was no longer in the room, A .45 caliber shall casing was located near Officer XXXX, Corporal Snelson also advised Officer XXXX’s police body camera was missing and Officer XXXX’s pistol was In his holster.

Hollis Daniels was located near 2720 Drive of Champions, City Bank Coliseum, where he was subsequently taken into custody, A .45 caliber pistol loaded with RP ammunition was located where Hollis Daniels was arrested. A police body camera was also located near where Hollis Daniels was arrested. Hollis Daniels stated to officers that he was the one that shot their friend.

Detective Daniel Williams and I interviewed Hollis Daniels, Hollis Daniels immediately stated he “f****d up.” Hollis Daniels went on to say he was arrested and taken back to the police department. Hollis Daniels then stated that he did “something illogical”

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