Texas Tech University was under lockdown after a campus police officer was shot dead by a student. As NBC News reports,
the suspect, freshman student Hollis A. Daniels, was being processed for drugs on Monday when he fatally shot the officer at the Texas Tech University station.
The 19-year-old suspect was apprehended when Texas Tech police made a student welfare check late Monday afternoon. Officers found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia when they entered his room and then took Daniels to the campus police station for standard debriefing.
"During this time, the suspect pulled a gun and mortally shot an officer," University Police Chief Kyle Bonath explained. Daniels shot the officer and allegedly took off the officer's body camera before escaping on foot. The student was tackled by another campus officer and was arrested near Jones AT&T Stadium at approximately 10:30 p.m. ET.
The school was put on lockdown at this time for around an hour. As KCBD shares, the officer's body camera was later recovered. The officer's identity has not been released at this time.
"The family of the deceased officer will be in the prayers of the entire Texas Tech community. In the coming days we’ll be offering our full support to that family," said Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec. The Governor, Greg Abbott, said in a statement that his condolences went out to the family of the slain officer: "First and foremost, our hearts go out to the family of the police officer killed at Texas Tech University. 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. 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 lockdowns at Texas Tech University and University Medical Center was lifted after Daniels was taken into custody. Classes will resume normally today but authorities advise that people should avoid the Texas Tech Police Department and the north side of campus.
[Photo: Lubbock County Sheriff]