Officials say that 19-year-old student Hollis A. Daniels pulled out a gun and shot the Texas Tech police officer in the head after being taken back to the station Monday night.
By: Lindsay Ellis and Robert Downen, Houston Chronicle
Hollis A. Daniels, left, was taken into custody Monday night after he allegedly pulled out a gun and shot a Texas Tech officer in the head while inside the police station. BOOKING PHOTO/KXAN-TV IMAGE VIA YOUTUBE
LUBBOCK, Texas — Authorities put Texas Tech University on lockdown Monday night after a university police officer was shot and killed.
Officials said a student was brought inside the Texas Tech Police Department after being found with “evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia” during a welfare check.
Once inside, the student pulled a firearm and shot an officer in the head, spokesman Chris Cook said.
Lubbock Police Department said on Twitter that the suspect, Hollis A. Daniels, 19 years old, is in custody. A Texas Tech officer tackled the suspect while Lubbock Police officers assisted, Lubbock Police said in a post to Twitter.
The university gave the all-clear just after 9:30 p.m., though administrators said to avoid the north side of campus.
In a statement, university Chancellor Robert Duncan called the event a “tragic loss.”
“Words can’t express how saddened I am by the tragic loss of one of our Texas Tech University police officers tonight,” he said. “Our Texas Tech family is strong and will support each other as we grieve.”
In a statement, Gov. Greg Abbott said he spoke to Duncan, and had mobilized the Texas Department of Public Safety to assist local law enforcement.
“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,” Abbott said late Monday in a statement.
The Texas Tech alumni association also offered thoughts and prayers to the family of the killed officer, who has not yet been named.
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